Hidden Layers – AI & DESIGN Summer School
Köln International School of Design is hosting the summer school Hidden Layers from July 18 to 22 in Cologne, Germany. The event gathers a diverse group of experts to collectively discuss and learn about artificial intelligence in design. It is held by the research project KITeGG on design and AI and combines a public program with talks, an exhibition, and workshops with internal meetings of the five art and design schools that are part of the project. The summer school is the first in a series of eight summer and winter schools between 2022 and 2025. The next one will be at HfG Offenbach on November 9-11, 2022.
July 18, 2022 until July 22, 2022
Thematically, Hidden Layers addresses the black boxes of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) from a design perspective.
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What are the aesthetics, potentials, serendipities, biases, and dangers we find inside the hidden layers of deep neural networks and buried in big training data?
How can we empower designers to create and use machine learning systems?
How do we support a design practice that not only understands how to use these systems but also why and when we should use them – and when we shouldn’t?
The summer school approaches these questions along three thematic threads:
I. Ai & society
seeks to reflect on the changes in the way we work and live that are affected by AI – from changes in the design profession to changes in how we design the lives and labor of others.
II. Teaching machine learning
deals with the places and practices that are needed for collectively learning how to design for and with ‘intelligent’ systems.
III. Ai & material
looks at the entanglements of AI, objects and people, paying special attention to integrating product design, embedded AI systems, and new forms of use.