Researching the Digital Human with contemporary AI

This talk will present how we can research the digital human in archives with new digital methodologies in the age of deep learning. Archives have long been a key concern of academic debates about truth, memory, recording and power and are important sites for social sciences and humanities research. These debates have only accelerated with the digital transformation of archives. This talk presents novel methodologies and tools for changing memory and power relations in digital archives through new ways of reassembling marginalised, non-canonical entities in digital archives. I will finish by introducing the plans for my new ERC grant on deep culture, which integrates the critical analysis of contemporary deep learning practices with an attempt to change the methodological direction in the digital humanities.

Tobias Blanke

Dr. Tobias Blanke is Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation. He is also affiliated with King’s College London as Professor of Social and Cultural Informatics. His academic background is in computer science and political philosophy. His principal research interests lie in artificial intelligence and big data devices for research, particularly in the human sciences. He has also published extensively on ethical questions of Artificial Intelligence such as predictive policing and algorithmic otherings, as well as critical digital practices, and the critique of digital platforms.

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Monday, 17 June 2024



Sitzungssaal, Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW)
Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna


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