Binary Calculations — a project, app and workshop series — asks how we can make technological systems that control our relationships, governments, and institutions more caring.
The algorithmic ecologies surrounding us are increasingly complex, extractive, and embedded into every aspect of our lives. We empower companies, big tech, and governments to track us with the trail of information we leave behind with each encounter. Some of these systems are helpful, some of them are harmful, most are built atop data that incompletely describe most inhabitants on the planet.
For example, common datasets used for AI assisted medical diagnoses often under-represent people with darker skin. Data extracted and often augmented with biased historical information is used to assess, control, serve, appease and even titillate. Our needs, hopes, dreams, and desires, along with multitudes of cultural nuance, get averaged to uphold and serve the demands of the status quo. Binary Calculations aims to push algorithmic networks to become less reductive and encourage complexity, plurality, kindness, and generosity instead.
Transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins and collaborators Surya Mattu and Neta Bomani explore remedies to the way inequities are encoded into digital civic systems that increasingly govern our lives. As a counterbalance, they are building data-centered systems that integrate alternative data sets and algorithms to support under-represented communities, bringing a much richer and diverse spectrum of ideas and beliefs.
Learn more about Dinkins’s work HERE.
About the Artist
Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates experiences that spark dialog about race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Her work in AI and other mediums uses emerging technologies and social collaboration to work toward technological ecosystems based on care and social equity. Dinkins' experiences with and explorations of artificial intelligence have led to a deep interest in how algorithmic systems impact communities of color in particular and all of our futures more generally.