[Air-L] AI-Human Collaboration Grant

Jonathan Cohn cohn at ualberta.ca
Thu Jun 10 11:29:46 PDT 2021

Dear AoIRers,

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 possible?

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

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