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Cairo, 13-14 October 2019

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge) and the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (American University in Cairo) are delighted to announce the Global AI Narratives Project: Middle East and North Africa.

Different cultures see Artificial Intelligence through very different lenses: diverse religious, linguistic, philosophical, literary, and cinematic traditions have led to diverging conceptions of what intelligent machines can and should be. The Global AI Narratives: Middle East and North Africa is another in a series of events dedicated to the dissemination of these diverse AI narratives around the world. 

Funded by DeepMind Ethics and Society and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc., the Global AI Narratives Project aims to establish new connections between academics, ariststs, writers, designers and technologists working on AI in different regions of the world. The two-day event in Cairo will consist of a closed research workshop, a public keynote lecture and a public panel on AI Narratives.

Scroll down to view a detailed program. For any inquiries, please email Tom Hollanek.

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Key questions:

How is AI portrayed in the Middle East and North Africa?

What are the ‘local’ understandings of AI?

What is the relationship between the Islamic thought and AI?

What is the perspective of women working on AI in the region?

Is there an Arab Futurism?

 

PROGRAM: Day 1

Global AI Narratives: Research Workshop

Sunday, 13 October, 2019

Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus

(CLOSED EVENT)

9:00 Coffee and Registration

9.15 Opening Remarks: Dr Nagla Rizk (Access to Knowledge for Development Center, School of Business, American University in Cairo) and Dr Stephen Cave (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge)

9:30 – 10:30 PANEL 1. AI Narratives: Views from the West. Moderator: Dr Nagla Rizk

Panelists:

Tomasz Hollanek, CFI, University of Cambridge

Dr Stephen Cave, CFI, University of Cambridge

Dr Kanta Dihal, CFI, University of Cambridge

10:30 – 11:45 PANEL 2. AI and Popular Culture: Contemporary Perceptions in North Africa and the Middle East. Moderator: Dr Kanta Dihal

Panelists:

Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, Interactive Robotics and Media Lab, United Arab Emirates

Dr Iman Hamam, Department of Rhetoric and Composition, American University in Cairo  

Dr Reham Hosny, University of Leeds and University of Minia, Egypt 

Yasser Bahjatt, Yatakhayaloon: Arab League of Sci-Fiers, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

11:45 - 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:15 PANEL 3. Intersectionality and AI in the Arab World. Moderator: Tonii Leach

Panelists:

Assia Boundaoui, Director of ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’

Dr Yasmine Moataz, Department of Anthropology, American University in Cairo

Farah Ghazal, Access to Knowledge for Development Centre, the School of Business, American University in Cairo

Mohamed Hamama, Mada Masr Media, Egypt

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:30 PANEL 4. Is there an Arab Futurism? Conceptualizations and Future Studies of AI in the Region. Moderator: Hana Shaltout

Panelists:

Dr Imad Elhajj, American University in Beirut

Dr Hosam el Zembely, The Egyptian Society for Science Fiction   

Dr Muhammad Ahmad, University of Washington; Islam and Science Fiction Website

Aya El Sharkawy, Access to Knowledge for Development Centre, the School of Business, American University in Cairo

15:30 – 16:45 Breakout Session

16:45 – 17:15 Closing Remarks

17:15 – 17:30 Break and Group Picture

17:30 – 18:45 Keynote Lecture: Nikolaos Mavridis (see below)

19:15 Conference Dinner


PROGRAM: DAY 1

Public Lecture by Nikolaos Mavridis

Sunday, 13 October, 2019

Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus

17:30 – 18:45


PROGRAM: DAY 2

Global AI Narratives: Public Panel

Monday, 14 October, 2019

Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus

18:30 – 20:00

Moderator: Hana Shaltout, Access to Knowledge for Development Center, School of Business, The American University in Cairo (Egypt)

Panelists:
Stephen Cave
, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Assia Boundaoui, Director of ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’ (Algeria/United States)

Hosam El Zembely, The Egyptian Society for Science Fiction (Egypt)

Yasser Bahjatt, Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arab Sci-Fiers, (Saudi Arabia)


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