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Humanist Archives: June 11, 2021, 5:48 a.m. Humanist 35.80 - AI-Human co-authorship?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 80.
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        Date: 2021-06-10 19:14:42+00:00
        From: Jonathan Cohn <>
        Subject: AI-Human Collaboration Grant

I am revising a grant proposal on the ethics of Human-AI collaborative
writing and artistic experimentation and am looking for potential
collaborators and new research on the topic.  Below is a brief
description of the project, please feel free to contact me off-listserv
if you’d like to collaborate (or just chat).  Thank you!

The Master’s Tools: AI-Human co-authorship and collaborative research in
the Humanities.

What do we give up and what do we gain by imagining Artificial
Intelligence as an equal partner in our creative and intellectual
pursuits? How can we revise feminist antiracist methods of collaboration
to, as Jason Edward Lewis et. al. encourage, make kin with machines
(2018)? As AI is improving rapidly, the urgency of these questions
intensifies.  Our project will focus on how to artistically and
equitably collaborate with AI in a way that does not simply treat it as
a slavish tool, but instead imagines it as a unique subjectivity with
its own situated knowledge. What does real mutual collaboration look
like with a technology whose status as a subject is contentious and who
can hardly be said to benefit from the work it contributes? Is this even

Jonathan Cohn
Director, Digital Humanities
Assistant Professor, English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), Treaty 6/Métis Territory

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