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第61回研究セミナー 「生成AIで読み解く量子カオス」 The 61st Research Seminar: "Understanding quantum chaos using generative AI"

2024年6月4日 第61回研究セミナー「生成AIで読み解く量子カオス」を開催いたしました。
スピーカー: 横井 直人 東京大学 大学院 工学系研究科 特任研究員


The 61st Research Seminar was held on June,4, 2024.
Title: Understanding quantum chaos using generative AI
Speaker: Naoto Yokoi (Project Researcher, the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo)

第60回研究セミナー 「Weakly Supervised Learning from a Unified Perspective」 The 60th Research Seminar: Weakly Supervised Learning from a Unified Perspective

2024年5月7日 第60回研究セミナー「Weakly Supervised Learning from a Unified Perspective」を開催いたしました。
スピーカー:Chao-Kai Chiang 東京大学 大学院 新領域創成科学研究科 特任助教


The 60th Research Seminar was held on May 7, 2024.
Title: Weakly Supervised Learning from a Unified Perspective
Speaker: Chao-Kai Chiang (Project Assistant Professor, the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo)

[開催案内] B’AI Global Forum × CulturIA 共同ワークショップ:Cultural Imaginaries of AI: From Technology to Art 開催のお知らせ(2024年5月13日) [Event Information] B’AI Global Forum × CulturIA:Cultural Imaginaries of AI: From technology to art

B’AIグローバル・フォーラムでは、フランス国立研究機構(Agence nationale de la recherche)のAI文化史プロジェクト(CulturIA) と共同で、AIをめぐるさまざまな文化的想像や実践に関する批判的研究を紹介するワークショップを開催いたします。
ご関心のある方はぜひご参加ください。

■ 主催:東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 B’AI Global Forum / フランス国立研究機構(ANR)CulturIA
■ 後援:東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 / フランス国立研究機構(ANR)
■ 日時: 2024年5月13日(月) 16:00-19:30(日本時間)
2024年5月13日(月)9:00-12:30(中央ヨーロッパ夏時間(CEST))
■ 形式:Zoomウェビナーによるオンライン開催
■ 言語:英語(通訳なし)
■ 参加方法:参加には事前申し込みが必要となります。下記URLよりお申し込みください。   
https://bit.ly/baiglobalforum
    
■ お問い合わせ:
B’AI Global Forum事務局
bai.gf.inquiry [at] gmail.com ([at]を@に変更してください)

B’AI Global Forum is excited to announce an upcoming event in collaboration with the Cultural History of AI project (CulturIA) of Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR). The event aims to explore the diverse cultural practices and imaginations surrounding AI. We welcome anyone interested in the subject to participate.

■ Date(s): Central European Summer Time (CEST): May 13, 2024 (Mon) 9:00-12:30
Japan Standard Time (JST): May 13, 2024 (Mon) 16:00-19:30
■ Format: Online (Zoom Webinar)
■ Language: English
■ How to register: Pre-registration required. Please register using the URL below.
https://bit.ly/baiglobalforum

■ Organizer: CulturIA; B’AI Global Forum, The Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo
■ Supported by Agence Nationale de la Recherche; The Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo

■ Inquiry
B’AI Global Forum Office
bai.global.forum[at]gmail.com(Please change [at] to @)

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■ プログラム

16:00-16:20(9:00-9:20 CEST) 開会の挨拶  
Alexandre Gefen (CNRS) / 板津木綿子(東京大学)

16:30-17:50(9:30-10:50 CEST) セッション1 
モデレーター:Carla Marand (The Sciences Po Center for History)
・久野 愛(東京大学)“Technology as Practice: Body, Materiality, and Aesthetic Intelligence”
・Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3) “The Visible and the Sayable.
On the Biases of Text-to-Image Models and the Strategies to Counter Them”
・Galina Shyndriayeva(武蔵大学/ 東京大学)
“Automating Creativity: Artificial Intelligence in Perfumery and Design”

ディスカッション(20分)

18:00-19:20(11:00-12:20 CEST) セッション2
モデレーター:Carla Marand (The Sciences Po Center for History) 
・Lionel Obadia (Université Lumière Lyon 2) “‘Official’ Aesthetics and Narratives of AI in Contrast: Comparing Japan and France”
・板津木綿子(東京大学)“To love and be loved: Tales of the Fictoromantic”
・Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis) & Gwenola Wagon (Artist/Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
“Uncanny homes: living in AI”

ディスカッション(20分)

19:20–19:30(12:20–12:30 CEST) 閉会の挨拶
板津木綿子(東京大学)

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■ Program

9:00-9:20 (CEST) 16:00-16:20 (JST) Opening Remarks
Alexandre Gefen (CNRS)/Yuko Itatsu (The University of Tokyo)

9:30-10:50 (CEST) 16:30-17:50 (JST) Session1 
Moderator: Carla Marand (The Sciences Po Center for History)
• Ai Hisano (The University of Tokyo): “Technology as Practice: Body, Materiality, and Aesthetic Intelligence”
• Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3):
“The Visible and the Sayable. On the Biases of Text-to-Image Models and the Strategies to Counter Them”
• Galina Shyndriayeva (Musashi University/The University of Tokyo):
“Automating Creativity: Artificial Intelligence in Perfumery and Design”

Discussion(20 min.)

11:00-12:20 (CEST) 18:00-19:20 (JST) Session 2
Moderator: Carla Marand (The Sciences Po Center for History)
• Lionel Obadia (Université Lumière Lyon 2):
“‘Official’ Aesthetics and Narratives of AI in Contrast: Comparing Japan and France”
• Yuko Itatsu (The University of Tokyo): “To love and be loved: Tales of the Fictoromantic”
• Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis) & Gwenola Wagon (Artist/Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne):
“Uncanny homes: living in AI”Discussion(20 min.)

12:20–12:30 (CEST) 19:20–19:30 (JST) Closing Remarks  
Yuko Itatsu (The University of Tokyo)

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■ 発表者・発表要旨(発表順)

Alexandre Gefen

BIO: Alexandre Gefen, Directeur de Recherche (Full Research Professor) at the CNRS Theory and History of Modern Art and Literature Laboratory (UMR7172, THALIM, CNRS / University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3- Ecole Normale Supérieure), is a historian of ideas and literature. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on culture, contemporary literature and literary theory. He was one of the pioneers of Digital Humanities in France. He is the director of the Culturia IA research project, which focuses on the history and cultural issues of artificial intelligence. Latest books: Territoires de la non-fiction, Brill, 2020. With Olivier Bessard-Banquy and Sylvie Ducas, Best-sellers. L’industrie du succès, Armand Colin, 2021. L’idée de littérature. De l’art pour l’art aux écritures d’intervention, Corti, 2021. La littérature est une affaire politique, L’Observatoire, 2022. La littérature, une infographie, CNRS éditions, 2022. Créativités artificielles, Les Presses du réel, 2023. Vivre avec ChatGPT, L’Observatoire, 2023.

Session 1

Ai Hisano
“Technology as Practice: Body, Materiality, and Aesthetic Intelligence”

This presentation explores how AI has changed people’s sensory experience, as well as their understanding of surrounding environments through their senses. There has been an increasing interest among engineers in the development of AI technologies that could detect, and reproduce, various sensory stimuli, including smell, taste, and tactility. Such technologies are believed to have the potential to, for example, help businesses create products with new kinds of sensory appeal and enhance people’s sensory experience. But “sensory experience” of whom, and in what context?
As scholars in the history of the senses and related fields have shown, the senses are not merely biological or personal phenomena. Nor are they ahistorical. Sensory experiences are shared experiences embedded in certain cultures. I argue that it is important to look at the senses from social and cultural perspectives and foster what could be called “aesthetic intelligence” to better understand the multifaceted implications of AI technologies in society.
In analyzing the technological impact on the human body, particularly sensations, I propose to look at “technology” not merely as a functional material object but also as practice. Technology does not exist in a vacuum—it has to be situated in a broader historical context. By doing so, we can understand how technology is made and used, by whom, and for what purposes. This “archeology” of technologies helps us see not only their technical components but also their political, social, cultural, and ecological implications.

BIO: Ai Hisano is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She specializes in the history of technology, the history of the senses, and business history. She is the author of Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019).

Antonio Somaini
“The Visible and the Sayable. On the Biases of Text-to-Image Models and the Strategies to Counter Them”

The presentation will tackle the question of the biases that appear in the images generated by the three currently most popular text-to-image models (Stable Diffusion, DALL-E 2, and Midjourney) and on the various strategies adopted in order to counter them. Starting from an analysis of the structure, the contents, the sources, and the guiding criteria of the dataset that was used to train Stable Diffusion, LAION-5B, we will show that some of such biases and limits are already inscribed in the training sets. Through concrete examples of images generated with different versions of the three models, we will also show how the companies that manage them have come up with strategies in order to counter such biases. Among them, the choice of eliminating from the training sets images that are considered to be “not safe for work” (NTSF), of adding “hidden prompts” (also called “pre-prompts”) to the users’s prompts, and of introducing different forms of “prompt censorship” (through so-called “banned prompts”). These various strategies show that, in their current stage of development, text-to-image models are a contested field, in which what is visible is strictly dependent on what is sayable. What can be visualized out of the vast spectrum of images that are contained in the latent space of the models as statistical possibilities, depends on what can be written in the words and texts used as prompts. Among the examples that will be tackled in order to analyze these questions, there will be AI-generated images by artists and photographers such as Grégory Chatonsky, Boris Eldagsen, David Fathi, and Hito Steyerl.

BIO: Antonio Somaini is professor of film, media, and visual culture theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is also a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), working on a research project which tackles the impact of AI technologies on images, photography, cinema, contemporary art and visual culture. Among his latest publications, the article “Algorithmic Images : Artificial Intelligence and Visual Culture” (Grey Room 93, Fall 2023), the book Culture visuelle. Images, regards, médias, dispositifs (with Andrea Pinotti, Les Presses du Réel, 2022), and the editing of the books Repenser le médium. Art contemporain et cinéma (with Larisa Dryansky and Riccardo Venturi, Les Presses du Réel, 2022) and La haute et la basse définition des images (with Francesco Casetti, Mimésis, 2021). In 2020 he has been the chief curator of the exhibition Time Machine: Cinematic Temporalities (Parma, Italie, catalogue published by Skira), and he is currently co-curating the exhibitionLe monde selon l’IA / The World Through AI for the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris.

Galina Shyndriayeva
“Automating Creativity: Artificial Intelligence in Perfumery and Design”

The program for this conference states that “art…enables us to understand the historical depth of the science and technology at the heart of contemporary artificial intelligence.” Creative industries are often at the nexus of art, science, and technology, complicated by a commercial imperative. In this talk, I would like to review some of the salient issues arising from the use of AI in design, first from a general overview of AI in design and secondly from the specific case of AI in the fragrance industry, focusing in particular on automating creativity. As scholars of science and the senses have examined, in twentieth-century perfumery and related industries, there exists an important history of projects to make the subjective objective, that is, of creating systems to classify and measure and predict likes and dislikes, pleasant sensations and unpleasant sensations, and to instrumentatlize individual sensory evaluation. These have implications in how consumers have been imagined, analyzed, and marketed to, and have shaped the sensory experience of everyday life. What sort of analysis and action does the use of AI in fragrance design and evaluation allow? In what ways is it a continuation of previous systems? What does it mean to smell, and to smell good, at this moment with AI? This talk will offer a review of current practices and apprehensions, as well as offer some tentative conclusions from comparison with related historical cases centering on automating creativity.

BIO: Galina Shyndriayeva is currently a Researcher at Musashi University, Tokyo, and a Visiting Researcher of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. Her current book project, Sensual Science: expertise, craft, and chemical invention in global perfumery, 1900-2000, focuses on the development of the perfume industry in the twentieth century. She holds a PhD in history from King’s College London, MSc from Imperial College London, and a BA from Harvard University, and previously taught at the University of Tokyo as a Project Assistant Professor.

Session 2

Lionel Obadia
“‘Official’ Aesthetics and Narratives of AI in Contrast: Comparing Japan and France”

The collective representations and attitudes towards AI are embedded in a certain symbolism and worldviews that are framed by and framing for the experience of technologies in everyday life (from an anthropological point of view). AI and robotics are therefore entrenched in Political programs and narratives: studying the ways these “official” narratives are exhibited in technological museums (Miraikan in Japan and Cité des Sciences in France) I will discuss the common and contrasting views on AI and technological developments, as a first step towards the deconstruction of the so-called “cultural acceptability” of these technologies in their respective cultural backgrounds.

BIO: Lionel Obadia, PhD in Sociology (1997), was Associate Professor in Ethnology at the University of Lille (1998–2004) and is Full Professor of Anthropology (since 2004) at the University of Lyon, France. He also teaches in other French universities (EHESS, EPHE, SciencePo). He is a specialist of anthropology of religion, Asian religions, and globalization. His works focus on hybridization and cultural/religious transfers. He has conducted fieldworks in France, Europe (on Buddhism in the West), Nepal (on Buddhism and Shamanism), the United States and Israel (on Jewish messianism), and South India (in Auroville). His research now explores the relationships between religions and digital technologies with fieldworks in Europe and Japan. He has published 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals ; 21 books : 12 monographs and 9 edited books ; 17 edition of journal special issues ; 52 book chapters, 107 conferences proceedings, 25 reviews. For the detail of publications see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lionel_Obadia

Yuko Itatsu
“To love and be loved: Tales of the Fictoromantic”

Forty percent of people residing in Japan live in single-person households. One and a half million people in Japan live socially recluse. Japan has entered the “marriage ice age,” where young people are reluctant to get married. One in six young people have romantic feelings towards two-dimensional characters in Japan. More than 4000 men in Japan have “married” two-dimensional characters.
This presentation explores the rhetoric used by those who marry two-dimensional characters and their justification for seeking social acknowledgment of their relationship. By analyzing the tales given by these people, the paper hopes to create a taxonomy of the rhetoric used in such storytelling. As a conceptual reference, the art piece “hybrid couple” by Dutch/Spanish artist Alicia Framis will be cited as it experiments with a human relationship with a hologram. In addition, this paper hopes to explore the correlation between the rise of fictoromantics and the increase in single-person households, especially in technologically advanced countries. What does it say about the societal and cultural backdrop that more people are exploring cross-dimensional relationships with fictional characters? What is it about the pursuit of self-fulfillment that encourages engagement with AI-generated two-dimensional characters? How do fictoromantic relationships fit into the current narratives of couplehood? By addressing these questions, this paper aims to offer insight into the role of AI in the evolving nature of human and computer interaction as it intersects with human desire for relationships.

BIO: Yuko Itatsu is a professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She is the director of the B’AI Global Forum, which examines the social implications of artificial intelligence, especially as it relates to marginalized populations. She is a social and cultural historian of the 20th century and beyond. She and Ai Hisano co-edited Understanding AI in Society: How technology exerts power (University of Tokyo, 2023; in Japanese).

Pierre Cassou-Noguès & Gwenola Wagon
“Uncanny homes: living in AI”

We’ll be using images we’ve generated on Dall-e and Midjourney to explore the uncanniness that generative AIs sometimes produce. The first project we’ll look at concerns real estate ads. As we know, they all look rather similar. Thus it os not surprising that an algorithm manages to produce new ads, both text and images. However, the images of AI-generated housing take on a particular uncanniness that needs to be questioned. At stake is the exact degree of our familiarity with our dwellings, for which we do not project such definite features as we do for another human, or another living being, but in which we nevertheless project an affective content.
In the second part, we propose to explore more broadly the principle whereby generative AIs defamiliarize us with the familiar through their ability to abstract atmospheres and reproduce them on entirely different contents.

BIO: Pierre Cassou-Noguès is Full Professor in the department of philosophy of University Paris 8. He is co-editor of the journal SubStance, published by John Hopkins Univ. Press. His work concern the role of the imagination in science and technology. His books include Les démons de Gödel (which has been translated in Japanese in 2021), and more recently La bienveillance des machines, The benevolence of machines, Seuil, 2022.

BIO: Gwenola Wagon is an artist and researcher. She is Full Professor at the Sorbonne School of Arts and the University of Paris 1. Through installations, films and books, she imagines alternative and paradoxical narratives for thinking the contemporary digital world. She investigating the space of hyperinformation and Internet infrastructures in collaboration with artist Stéphane Degoutin, with whom she has co-produced numerous pieces, including Cyborgs dans la brume and World Brain, and the book Psychanalyse de l’aéroport international. The links between media development and spiritualist practices are the subject of research projects and exhibitions such as Media Mediums and Haunted by Algorithms with Jeff Guess. After Erewhon and Virusland, two post-cybernetic fables co-directed with the philosopher Pierre Cassou-Noguès, she published the book Planète B , an essay that mixes investigation and fiction in order to apprehend a monster in full expansion.

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■ Presenters & Abstracts (presentation order)

Alexandre Gefen

BIO: Alexandre Gefen, Directeur de Recherche (Full Research Professor) at the CNRS Theory and History of Modern Art and Literature Laboratory (UMR7172, THALIM, CNRS / University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3- Ecole Normale Supérieure), is a historian of ideas and literature. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on culture, contemporary literature and literary theory. He was one of the pioneers of Digital Humanities in France. He is the director of the Culturia IA research project, which focuses on the history and cultural issues of artificial intelligence. Latest books: Territoires de la non-fiction, Brill, 2020. With Olivier Bessard-Banquy and Sylvie Ducas, Best-sellers. L’industrie du succès, Armand Colin, 2021. L’idée de littérature. De l’art pour l’art aux écritures d’intervention, Corti, 2021. La littérature est une affaire politique, L’Observatoire, 2022. La littérature, une infographie, CNRS éditions, 2022. Créativités artificielles, Les Presses du réel, 2023. Vivre avec ChatGPT, L’Observatoire, 2023.

Session 1

Ai Hisano
“Technology as Practice: Body, Materiality, and Aesthetic Intelligence”

This presentation explores how AI has changed people’s sensory experience, as well as their understanding of surrounding environments through their senses. There has been an increasing interest among engineers in the development of AI technologies that could detect, and reproduce, various sensory stimuli, including smell, taste, and tactility. Such technologies are believed to have the potential to, for example, help businesses create products with new kinds of sensory appeal and enhance people’s sensory experience. But “sensory experience” of whom, and in what context?
As scholars in the history of the senses and related fields have shown, the senses are not merely biological or personal phenomena. Nor are they ahistorical. Sensory experiences are shared experiences embedded in certain cultures. I argue that it is important to look at the senses from social and cultural perspectives and foster what could be called “aesthetic intelligence” to better understand the multifaceted implications of AI technologies in society.
In analyzing the technological impact on the human body, particularly sensations, I propose to look at “technology” not merely as a functional material object but also as practice. Technology does not exist in a vacuum—it has to be situated in a broader historical context. By doing so, we can understand how technology is made and used, by whom, and for what purposes. This “archeology” of technologies helps us see not only their technical components but also their political, social, cultural, and ecological implications.

BIO: Ai Hisano is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She specializes in the history of technology, the history of the senses, and business history. She is the author of Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019).

Antonio Somaini
“The Visible and the Sayable. On the Biases of Text-to-Image Models and the Strategies to Counter Them”

The presentation will tackle the question of the biases that appear in the images generated by the three currently most popular text-to-image models (Stable Diffusion, DALL-E 2, and Midjourney) and on the various strategies adopted in order to counter them. Starting from an analysis of the structure, the contents, the sources, and the guiding criteria of the dataset that was used to train Stable Diffusion, LAION-5B, we will show that some of such biases and limits are already inscribed in the training sets. Through concrete examples of images generated with different versions of the three models, we will also show how the companies that manage them have come up with strategies in order to counter such biases. Among them, the choice of eliminating from the training sets images that are considered to be “not safe for work” (NTSF), of adding “hidden prompts” (also called “pre-prompts”) to the users’s prompts, and of introducing different forms of “prompt censorship” (through so-called “banned prompts”). These various strategies show that, in their current stage of development, text-to-image models are a contested field, in which what is visible is strictly dependent on what is sayable. What can be visualized out of the vast spectrum of images that are contained in the latent space of the models as statistical possibilities, depends on what can be written in the words and texts used as prompts. Among the examples that will be tackled in order to analyze these questions, there will be AI-generated images by artists and photographers such as Grégory Chatonsky, Boris Eldagsen, David Fathi, and Hito Steyerl.

BIO: Antonio Somaini is professor of film, media, and visual culture theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is also a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), working on a research project which tackles the impact of AI technologies on images, photography, cinema, contemporary art and visual culture. Among his latest publications, the article “Algorithmic Images : Artificial Intelligence and Visual Culture” (Grey Room 93, Fall 2023), the book Culture visuelle. Images, regards, médias, dispositifs (with Andrea Pinotti, Les Presses du Réel, 2022), and the editing of the books Repenser le médium. Art contemporain et cinéma (with Larisa Dryansky and Riccardo Venturi, Les Presses du Réel, 2022) and La haute et la basse définition des images (with Francesco Casetti, Mimésis, 2021). In 2020 he has been the chief curator of the exhibition Time Machine: Cinematic Temporalities (Parma, Italie, catalogue published by Skira), and he is currently co-curating the exhibitionLe monde selon l’IA / The World Through AI for the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris.

Galina Shyndriayeva
“Automating Creativity: Artificial Intelligence in Perfumery and Design”

The program for this conference states that “art…enables us to understand the historical depth of the science and technology at the heart of contemporary artificial intelligence.” Creative industries are often at the nexus of art, science, and technology, complicated by a commercial imperative. In this talk, I would like to review some of the salient issues arising from the use of AI in design, first from a general overview of AI in design and secondly from the specific case of AI in the fragrance industry, focusing in particular on automating creativity. As scholars of science and the senses have examined, in twentieth-century perfumery and related industries, there exists an important history of projects to make the subjective objective, that is, of creating systems to classify and measure and predict likes and dislikes, pleasant sensations and unpleasant sensations, and to instrumentatlize individual sensory evaluation. These have implications in how consumers have been imagined, analyzed, and marketed to, and have shaped the sensory experience of everyday life. What sort of analysis and action does the use of AI in fragrance design and evaluation allow? In what ways is it a continuation of previous systems? What does it mean to smell, and to smell good, at this moment with AI? This talk will offer a review of current practices and apprehensions, as well as offer some tentative conclusions from comparison with related historical cases centering on automating creativity.

BIO: Galina Shyndriayeva is currently a Researcher at Musashi University, Tokyo, and a Visiting Researcher of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. Her current book project, Sensual Science: expertise, craft, and chemical invention in global perfumery, 1900-2000, focuses on the development of the perfume industry in the twentieth century. She holds a PhD in history from King’s College London, MSc from Imperial College London, and a BA from Harvard University, and previously taught at the University of Tokyo as a Project Assistant Professor.

Session 2

Lionel Obadia
“‘Official’ Aesthetics and Narratives of AI in Contrast: Comparing Japan and France”

The collective representations and attitudes towards AI are embedded in a certain symbolism and worldviews that are framed by and framing for the experience of technologies in everyday life (from an anthropological point of view). AI and robotics are therefore entrenched in Political programs and narratives: studying the ways these “official” narratives are exhibited in technological museums (Miraikan in Japan and Cité des Sciences in France) I will discuss the common and contrasting views on AI and technological developments, as a first step towards the deconstruction of the so-called “cultural acceptability” of these technologies in their respective cultural backgrounds.

BIO: Lionel Obadia, PhD in Sociology (1997), was Associate Professor in Ethnology at the University of Lille (1998–2004) and is Full Professor of Anthropology (since 2004) at the University of Lyon, France. He also teaches in other French universities (EHESS, EPHE, SciencePo). He is a specialist of anthropology of religion, Asian religions, and globalization. His works focus on hybridization and cultural/religious transfers. He has conducted fieldworks in France, Europe (on Buddhism in the West), Nepal (on Buddhism and Shamanism), the United States and Israel (on Jewish messianism), and South India (in Auroville). His research now explores the relationships between religions and digital technologies with fieldworks in Europe and Japan. He has published 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals ; 21 books : 12 monographs and 9 edited books ; 17 edition of journal special issues ; 52 book chapters, 107 conferences proceedings, 25 reviews. For the detail of publications see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lionel_Obadia

Yuko Itatsu
“To love and be loved: Tales of the Fictoromantic”

Forty percent of people residing in Japan live in single-person households. One and a half million people in Japan live socially recluse. Japan has entered the “marriage ice age,” where young people are reluctant to get married. One in six young people have romantic feelings towards two-dimensional characters in Japan. More than 4000 men in Japan have “married” two-dimensional characters.
This presentation explores the rhetoric used by those who marry two-dimensional characters and their justification for seeking social acknowledgment of their relationship. By analyzing the tales given by these people, the paper hopes to create a taxonomy of the rhetoric used in such storytelling. As a conceptual reference, the art piece “hybrid couple” by Dutch/Spanish artist Alicia Framis will be cited as it experiments with a human relationship with a hologram. In addition, this paper hopes to explore the correlation between the rise of fictoromantics and the increase in single-person households, especially in technologically advanced countries. What does it say about the societal and cultural backdrop that more people are exploring cross-dimensional relationships with fictional characters? What is it about the pursuit of self-fulfillment that encourages engagement with AI-generated two-dimensional characters? How do fictoromantic relationships fit into the current narratives of couplehood? By addressing these questions, this paper aims to offer insight into the role of AI in the evolving nature of human and computer interaction as it intersects with human desire for relationships.

BIO: Yuko Itatsu is a professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She is the director of the B’AI Global Forum, which examines the social implications of artificial intelligence, especially as it relates to marginalized populations. She is a social and cultural historian of the 20th century and beyond. She and Ai Hisano co-edited Understanding AI in Society: How technology exerts power (University of Tokyo, 2023; in Japanese).

Pierre Cassou-Noguès & Gwenola Wagon
“Uncanny homes: living in AI”

We’ll be using images we’ve generated on Dall-e and Midjourney to explore the uncanniness that generative AIs sometimes produce. The first project we’ll look at concerns real estate ads. As we know, they all look rather similar. Thus it os not surprising that an algorithm manages to produce new ads, both text and images. However, the images of AI-generated housing take on a particular uncanniness that needs to be questioned. At stake is the exact degree of our familiarity with our dwellings, for which we do not project such definite features as we do for another human, or another living being, but in which we nevertheless project an affective content.
In the second part, we propose to explore more broadly the principle whereby generative AIs defamiliarize us with the familiar through their ability to abstract atmospheres and reproduce them on entirely different contents.

BIO: Pierre Cassou-Noguès is Full Professor in the department of philosophy of University Paris 8. He is co-editor of the journal SubStance, published by John Hopkins Univ. Press. His work concern the role of the imagination in science and technology. His books include Les démons de Gödel (which has been translated in Japanese in 2021), and more recently La bienveillance des machines, The benevolence of machines, Seuil, 2022.

BIO: Gwenola Wagon is an artist and researcher. She is Full Professor at the Sorbonne School of Arts and the University of Paris 1. Through installations, films and books, she imagines alternative and paradoxical narratives for thinking the contemporary digital world. She investigating the space of hyperinformation and Internet infrastructures in collaboration with artist Stéphane Degoutin, with whom she has co-produced numerous pieces, including Cyborgs dans la brume and World Brain, and the book Psychanalyse de l’aéroport international. The links between media development and spiritualist practices are the subject of research projects and exhibitions such as Media Mediums and Haunted by Algorithms with Jeff Guess. After Erewhon and Virusland, two post-cybernetic fables co-directed with the philosopher Pierre Cassou-Noguès, she published the book Planète B , an essay that mixes investigation and fiction in order to apprehend a monster in full expansion.

[開催報告] 国際シンポジウム「培養ニューロンの機能と未来」(2024年3月2日) [Event Report] The Symposium "Emerging Functionality of Cultured Neurons"

【報告】国際シンポジウム「培養ニューロンの機能と未来」を開催

2024年3月2日(土)にSHIBUYA QWS スクランブルホールにおいてBeyond AI 研究推進機構主催による「培養ニューロンの機能と未来 -Emerging Functionality of Cultured Neurons-」と題した一般向けのシンポジウムが開催された(オーガナイザー:池内与志穂、共催:東京大学生産技術研究所・工学とバイオ研究センター、UTokyo FSI、SHIBUYA QWS、工学とバイオ研究グループ、生産技術奨励会・RC-110 ニューロン研究会)。
体外で培養されたニューロン(神経細胞)に関する研究討論と知識共有を目的とし、オルガノイド、AI、微小回路構築、ロボット、リハビリ、デザインなどの多様な分野からそれぞれの専門家が世界中から集まり、参加者を巻き込んで議論を展開した。
最初に、本学 Beyond AI研究推進機構 萩谷 昌己 機構長からの挨拶で開会し、第一部ではBeyond AI研究推進機構 池内 与志穂 准教授、理化学研究所 坂口 秀哉 研究リーダー、東北大学 山本 英明 准教授、バルセロナ大学 Jordi Soriano准教授 から神経組織や回路の構築に関する講演があり、その後パネルディスカッションが行われた。
後半の第二部ではMaxWell BiosystemsからUrs Frey氏とMarie Obien氏、Cortical Labs Brett Kagan主任研究員、ジェノバ大学 Michela Chiappalone准教授、ボルドー大学 Timothee Levi教授、Beyond AI研究推進機構 Miles Pennington教授からニューロンの機能化や応用に関する講演があり、パネルディスカッションを行った。会場からはSlido経由で多数の質問があがり、大変充実した質疑応答となった。
渋谷での開催という地の利もあり、約150名の多様な聴講者が参加した。講演後に行われた懇談会では、培養ニューロン自体にとどまらず、分野の広がりと深まりについて活発な議論や意見交換が行われ、コミュニティを拡大することができた。
前日の3月1日(金)には、東京大学生産技術研究所S棟プレゼンテーションルームにおいて研究者向けの研究会も行い、こちらも大変盛況であった。

BAI (Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo) held a symposium entitled "Function and Future of Cultured Neurons - Emerging Functionality of Cultured Neurons" on March 2 at SHIBUYA QWS Scramble Hall. A BAI researcher Yoshiho Ikeuchi (IIS, UTokyo) organized the event.

This symposium aimed to facilitate research discussions and knowledge sharing on neurons (nerve cells) cultured in vitro, attracting experts from various fields such as organoids, AI, microcircuit construction, robotics, rehabilitation, and design from around the world. Participants engaged in discussions involving attendees.

The opening remarks were given by the BAI director Masami Hagiya. In the first half of the event, lectures on the construction of neural tissues and circuits were given by Yoshiho Ikeuchi (Associate Professor, IIS and BAI), Hideya Sakaguchi (Research Leader, RIKEN), Hideaki Yamamoto (Associate Professor, Tohoku University), and Jordi Soriano (Associate Professor, University of Barcelona), followed by a panel discussion.
In the second half, lectures on the functionality and application of neurons were given by Urs Frey and Marie Obien (MaxWell Biosystems), Brett Kagan (Cortical Labs), Michela Chiappalone (Associate Professor, University of Genoa), Timothee Levi (Professor, University of Bordeaux), and Miles Pennington (Professor, IIS and BAI UTokyo), followed by a panel discussion.
Numerous questions were raised through Slido from the audience, leading to a lively interaction during the panel discussions.

Thanks to the geographical convenience of Shibuya, the event venue was filled with about 150 attendees with diverse background.
During the networking session following the presentations, active discussions and exchanges regarding cultured neurons took place. This event successfully contributed in expansion of the community around the research.

A meeting for researchers in the Presentation Room at S building of IIS was held on the previous day, March 1.

The events were supported by IIS-CREMeB, UTokyo FSI, SHIBUTA QWS, Foundation for the Promotion of Industrial Science RC-110.

■ 日時: 2024年3月2日(土)14:00-18:00 (日本時間)(終了後懇親会あり)
■ 場所:SHIBUYA QWS スクランブルスクエア 15 階
https://shibuya-qws.com/about/outline
■ 言語:英語・日本語(同時通訳あり)
■ 主催:東京大学生産技術研究所 池内与志穂 研究室、東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構

■ 講演者
・Michella Chiappalone (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa)
・Urs Frey & Marie Obien (Maxwell Biosystems)
・Brett Kagan (Cortical Labs)
・Timothée Levi (Université Bordeaux)
・Miles Pennington (東京大学)
・Jordi Soriano (University of Barcelona)
・坂口 秀哉(理化学研究所)
・山本 英明 (東北大学)
・池内 与志穂 (東京大学) 【オーガナイザー】

■ Date: 2 Marh (Saturday) 2024. 14:00-18:00 (JST)
■ Venue: SHIBUYA QWS Shibuya Scramble Square (East Building) 15th floor
https://shibuya-qws.com/en/about/outline
■ Language: English and Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation provided)
■ Organizer:
・IKEUCHI Yoshiho Lab., IIS(Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
・BAI (Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo)I

■ Speakers
・Michella Chiappalone (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa)
・Urs Frey & Marie Obien (Maxwell Biosystems)
・Brett Kagan (Cortical Labs)
・Timothée Levi (Université Bordeaux)
・Miles Pennington (The University of Tokyo)
・Jordi Soriano (University of Barcelona)
・Hideya Sakaguchi (RIKEN)
・Hideaki Yamamoto (Tohoku University)
・Yoshiho Ikeuchi (The University of Tokyo) 【Organaizer】

第59回研究セミナー 「10-20代女性のデジタルテクノロジーの利用実態とAI/アルゴリズムに対する意識調査」 The 59th Research Seminar: The Usage Patterns of Digital Technology among Female in Their Late Teens and Twenties and Their Attitudes toward AI/Algorithms

2024年4月2日 第59回研究セミナー「10-20代女性のデジタルテクノロジーの利用実態とAI/アルゴリズムに対する意識調査」を開催いたしました。
スピーカー:
B’AIグローバルフォーラム 「AIアルゴリズムとジェンダー不平等」研究グループ



The 59th Research Seminar was held on April 2, 2024.
Title: The Usage Patterns of Digital Technology among Female in Their Late Teens and Twenties and Their Attitudes toward AI/Algorithms
Speaker:
B'AI Global Forum "AI Algorithms and Gender Inequality" Research Group

第58回研究セミナー 「脳型素子応用に向けた高温スピングラス鉄酸化物材料の開発と磁性制御」 The 58th Research Seminar: Fabrication of high-temperature spinglass iron oxides and control of their magnetic properties for application to brain-type devices

2024年3月5日 第58回研究セミナー「脳型素子応用に向けた高温スピングラス鉄酸化物材料の開発と磁性制御」を開催いたしました。
スピーカー:
関 宗俊 東京大学 大学院工学系研究科 准教授



The 58th Research Seminar was held on March 5, 2024.
Title: Fabrication of high-temperature spinglass iron oxides and control of their magnetic properties for application to brain-type devices
Speaker:
Munetoshi Seki (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

[開催案内] Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen講演会「『迷路で実体化したデータ』から『ありのままの自然を受け入れる器』へ: AIを(再)想像するためのインフラあるいは実験的集合体としてのメディア環境」開催のご案内 [Event Information] Lecture by Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen “From “Data Made Flesh in the Mazes” to “A Vessel that Accepts Nature as It Is”: Media Environments as Infrastructures and Experimental Assemblages to Imagine and Re-imagining AI”

B’AIグローバル・フォーラムでは、ヨーロッパ応用科学大学芸術デザイン学部教授のJiré Emine Gözen氏をお招きし、「『迷路で実体化したデータ』から『ありのままの自然を受け入れる器』へ: AIを(再)想像するためのインフラあるいは実験的集合体としてのメディア環境」というテーマでご講演いただきます。
ご関心のある方はぜひご参加ください。

■ 主催:東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 B’AI Global Forum
■ 後援:東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構
■ 日時:2024年3月19日(火)16:00-17:30(日本時間)
■ 形式:対面(※先着20名)およびZoomによるハイブリッド開催
■ 対面会場:東京大学浅野キャンパス理学部3号館327
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/cam01_06_03_j.html
■ 言語:英語(通訳なし)
■ 参加方法:対面参加の場合3月13日(水)まで、オンライン参加の場合3月17日(日)までに、下記URLよりお申し込みください。   
https://forms.gle/nB2tC2tgYmeL77367
    
■ お問い合わせ:
B’AI Global Forum事務局
bai.global.forum[at]gmail.com([at]を@に変えてください)

The B’AI Global Forum will hold a talk by Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen entitled “From “Data Made Flesh in the Mazes” to “A Vessel that Accepts Nature as It Is”: Media Environments as Infrastructures and Experimental Assemblages to Imagine and Re-imagining AI” on March 19, 2024.

■ Date(s): March 19, 2024 (Tue), 4:00~5:30 pm (JST)
■ Format: On-site (up to 20 participants) & Online Hybrid
■ On-site: :Room 327, Faculty of Science Bldg.3 (The University of Tokyo, Asano Campus)
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/cam01_06_03_j.html
■ Language: English
■ How to register: For on-site participation, please register below by 13 March (Wed); to participate via Zoom please register below by 17 March (Sun).
For on-site participation, please register below by 11 February (Sun).
・Please register the application form below.
https://forms.gle/nB2tC2tgYmeL77367

■ Organizer: B’AI Global Forum, Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo
■ Supported by The Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo

■ Inquiry
B’AI Global Forum Office
bai.global.forum[at]gmail.com(Please change [at] to @)

■ 講演者
Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen(ヨーロッパ応用科学大学芸術デザイン学部教授)
Jiré Emine Gözen氏はメディア・文化理論の教授であり、ベルリンのヨーロッパ応用科学大学芸術デザイン学部で教鞭をとっている。また、2020年9月よりGesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft(ドイツにおけるメディア学会)の会長に選出された。
彼女はメディア文化研究、メディア美学、視覚文化を中心に、アートと理論の交差点に位置する研究を行っている。彼女の研究は、批評理論、ジェンダーおよびクィア・スタディーズ、ポストコロニアル理論、新唯物論的視点、そしてテクノロジー研究の影響を受けている。
森美術館、3331 Arts Chiyoda、デザイン・フェスタ・ギャラリーなどでの勤務を含め、日本で数年間を過ごし、現在では、人間と機械の関係やAI、未来のテクノロジー、ポストヒューマニズムをめぐる語りや言説が研究の中心となっている。加えて、プレイボーイ誌を中心に、「破壊的な」男性性の視覚的構築について批判的に検証している。また、政治、科学、メディアにおける模倣の現象を探求し、ドナルド・トランプやイーロン・マスクなどの著名人、オルト・ライトやテロリストの運動などを掘り下げている。

■ 講演要旨
人間、機械、自然、人工知能の相互作用は、芸術や文学における思弁的な語りを通して探求されており、私たちが共有する「社会技術的想像力」に反映される社会の認識や議論を大きく形づくっている。本講演では、AIに対する想像や再想像が展開される実験的なインフラや集合体として、芸術や文学におけるさまざまなメディア環境を掘り下げていく。そしてウィリアム・ギブソンの「マトリックス」(1984年)という概念と、豊島美術館にある内藤礼の「母型」(2010年)という作品に焦点を当て、AIとポストヒューマニズムの未来についての対照的な構想を明らかにする。すなわち、ギブソンの構想が支配的な語りの繰り返しを想起させるのに対し、内藤の解釈は新唯物論の視点と絡み合い、土着的な認識論へと向かう、異なる道を提示している。

■ Lecturer
Dr. Jiré Emine Gözen(Professor at the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences)

Jiré Emine Gözen is a professor of Media and Cultural Theory and teaches at the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Berlin, she has served as Vice-President of International Affairs and University Development since October 2023. She also has been elected as Chairperson of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (German Society for Media Studies) since September 2020.
Her research is situated at the intersection of art and theory, focusing on media cultural studies, media aesthetics, and visual culture. Her work is influenced by critical theory, gender and queer studies, postcolonial theories, and new materialistic perspectives, as well as science and technology studies.
Having spent several years living and working in Japan, including working at institutions such as the Mori Art Museum, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, and Design Festa Gallery, her research now centers on narratives and discourses surrounding human-machine relations and AI, future technologies, and posthumanism. Additionally, she critically examines the visual construction of “subversive” masculinity, with a particular focus on Playboy Magazine. She also explores the phenomenon of mimicry in politics, science, and media, delving into figures like Donald Trump and Elon Musk, as well as alt-right and terrorist movements.

She is an active member of the Forum Antirassismus Medienwissenschaft (Anti-Racism in Media Studies). She has contributed significantly to the field as part of the guest editor team for issue 26 of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (Journal for Media Studies), titled “X|Kein Lagebericht” (2022), which examines the intertwining of racism with (media) science and Western epistemologies. Since 2022, she has co-edited GAAAP_ The Blog of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (Journal for Media Studies), furthering her commitment to advancing critical discourse within the field.

■ Abstract
The interplay between man, machine, nature, and artificial intelligence, explored through speculative narratives in art and literature, significantly shapes societal perceptions and discussions that feed into our shared “sociotechnical imaginaries.” This presentation delves into differing media environments in art and literature as experimental infrastructures and assemblages through which imaginations and re-imaginations of AI unfold. Focusing on William Gibson’s notion of the “Matrix” (1984) alongside Rei Naito’s artwork “母型” (“Matrix”, 2010) situated within the Teshima Art Museum, this presentation discerns contrasting visions of AI and posthumanist futures. While Gibson’s vision evokes echoes of dominant narratives, Naito’s interpretation offers a divergent path, one that intertwines with New Materialist perspectives and paths the way towards indigenous epistemologies.

第57回研究セミナー:非公開 The 57th Research Seminar : Closed to the public

2024年2月7日、第57回研究セミナーを開催いたしました。
セミナーの内容は非公開となります。

The 57th Research Seminar was held on February 7th, 2024.
The seminar was closed to the public.

[開催案内] 国際シンポジウム「培養ニューロンの機能と未来」 [Event Information] The workshop "Emerging Functionality of Cultured Neurons"

東京大学生産技術研究所 池内与志穂 研究室と東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 は、ワークショップ「培養ニューロンの機能と未来」を開催いたします。
ご関心のある方はぜひご参加ください。

■ 日時: 2024年3月2日(土)14:00-18:00 (日本時間)(終了後懇親会あり)
■ 形式:対面形式
■ 場所:SHIBUYA QWS スクランブルスクエア 15 階
https://shibuya-qws.com/about/outline
■ 言語:英語・日本語(同時通訳あり)
■ 参加方法:以下のフォームからご登録ください。  
https://peatix.com/event/3802383/view
■ 主催:東京大学生産技術研究所 池内与志穂 研究室、東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構
    
■ お問い合わせ:
yikeuchi[a]iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp([a]を@に変更してください)

IKEUCHI Yoshiho Lab., IIS(Institute of Industrial Science, UTokyo) and BAI (Institute for AI and Beyond, UTokyo) will hold the workshop "Emerging Functionality of Cultured Neurons".
■ Date: 2 Marh (Saturday) 2024. 14:00-18:00 (JST)
Social gathering at the end of the workshop
■ Venue: SHIBUYA QWS Shibuya Scramble Square (East Building) 15th floor
https://shibuya-qws.com/en/about/outline
■ Language: English and Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation provided)
■ Registration Pre-registration required.
Please register below
https://peatix.com/event/3802383/view
■ Organizer:
・IKEUCHI Yoshiho Lab., IIS(Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
・BAI (Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo)I
■ Inquiry
yikeuchi[a]iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp(Please change [at] to @)

■ ワークショップの概要
私たちの脳の中にあるのと同じようなニューロン(神経細胞)を培養することができます。
培養された神経細胞は、どうやったら脳のような機能を獲得することができるのでしょうか?
本ワークショップでは、「神経細胞の機能化」に取り組む研究者が世界から集結します。 最新の知見を一般向けにわかりやすく解説してもらい、将来に向けた期待や課題を議論します。

■ 講演者
・Michella Chiappalone (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa)
・Urs Frey & Marie Obien (Maxwell Biosystems)
・Brett Kagan (Cortical Labs)
・Timothée Levi (Université Bordeaux)
・Miles Pennington (東京大学)
・Jordi Soriano (University of Barcelona)
・坂口 秀哉(理化学研究所)
・山本 英明 (東北大学)
・池内 与志穂 (東京大学) 【オーガナイザー】

■ About the Workshop
Neurons that resemble those in our brains can be cultured in a dish.
How could these cultured neurons gain brain-like functions?
To explore this intriguing subject, researchers focused on 'functionalization of neural cells' will gather.
They will share their cutting-edge discoveries, discuss future directions, and address the challenges in this field.
This workshop welcomes scientists, students, and the general public, offering an accessible and engaging learning experience.

■ Speakers
・Michella Chiappalone (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa)
・Urs Frey & Marie Obien (Maxwell Biosystems)
・Brett Kagan (Cortical Labs)
・Timothée Levi (Université Bordeaux)
・Miles Pennington (The University of Tokyo)
・Jordi Soriano (University of Barcelona)
・Hideya Sakaguchi (RIKEN)
・Hideaki Yamamoto (Tohoku University)
・Yoshiho Ikeuchi (The University of Tokyo) 【Organaizer】

[開催案内] 「LGBTQ+の語りのデジタルアーカイブ化と倫理勉強会」 [Event Information] Colloquium on Ethical Digital Archiving of LGBTQ+ Narratives

東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 B’AI Global Forumは、「LGBTQ+の語りのデジタルアーカイブ化と倫理勉強会」を開催いたします。
ご関心のある方はぜひご参加ください。

■ 日時: 2024年2月11日(日)13:30-15:00, 2月12日(月 )10:30-14:30
■ 形式:対面形式 (30名まで)
■ 場所:東京大学浅野キャンパス理学部3号館327号室
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/cam01_06_03_j.html
■ 言語:英語
■ 参加方法:2月1日(木)までに、以下のフォームからご登録ください。登録者には、勉強会の前にリーフレットをメールで送付します。  
https://x.gd/xnFUQ
■ 主催:東京大学Beyond AI研究推進機構 B’AI Global Forum
    
■ お問い合わせ:
kyoko.takeuchi[a]iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp([a]を@に変更してください)

B’AI Global Forum, Institute for AI and Beyond will hold a Colloquium on Ethical Digital Archiving of LGBTQ+ Narratives
■ Date(s): February Sunday, February 11, 2024 ~ Monday, February 12, 2024
■ Venue: On-site (up to 30 participants), Room 327, Faculty of Science Bldg.3 (The University of Tokyo, Asano Campus)
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/cam01_06_03_j.html
■ Language: English
■ Registration Pre-registration required.
Please register below by 1 February (Thursday). A brochure will be sent to your e-mail address a few days before the colloquium.
https://x.gd/xnFUQ
■ Organizer: B’AI Global Forum, Institute for AI and Beyond, The University of Tokyo
■ Inquiry
kyoko.takeuchi[a]iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp(Please change [at] to @)

■ 勉強会の概要
この勉強会では、3人の講演とそれに基づく議論から、LGBTQ+の語りをデジタルアーカイブ化することに関する可能性と課題を、倫理や方法、メディア技術などとの関係から多面的に検討することをめざしています。
社会で周縁化されやすい性的マイノリティにとって、過去の性的マイノリティの個々人やそのコミュニティと自らとのつながりをたどることができることは重要であり、各国でデジタルアーカイブ化の取り組みが始められています。しかし、プライバシーやコスト、コミュニティの信頼などに関する困難も指摘されていますし、アジアではLGBTQ+デジタルアーカイブの試みは数少ない状況です。
そこで1日目は「クィアな過去を刻む: 初期のLGBTQデジタル空間を記録することの課題」と題した講演において、Dr. Avery Dame-Griffから、著作『 The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet (2023, NYU Press)』と「the Queer Digital History Project」に基づき、初期のLGBTQネットのアーカイブ化の資料保存やデザイン、プライバシーにかかわる困難についてお話いただきます。
2日目はアジアのLGBTQ+アーカイブについて検討します。まずDr. Kyoko Takeuchiによる講演「日本のLGBTQ+のアーカイブプロジェクトと倫理的課題を概観する」では、日本のこれまでのLGBTQ+(デジタル)アーカイブ化の現状と課題をまとめ、明確にLGBTQのカテゴリーに当てはまらない交差的な経験のアーカイブ化についてお話する予定です。
そしてDr. Michelle H. S. Hoの講演「アジアン・トランスアーカイブ:東京の女装・男装の研究から」では、東京での女装と男装の調査研究にもとづき、アジアのトランスアーカイブとは何かを検討することを通じて、伝統的な「西洋」の国家によるアーカイブや、「適切な」アーカイブ化の実践から零れ落ちる人々のストーリーについてお話いただきます。
この勉強会が、LGBTQ+のアーカイブに関わる地域・領域横断的な議論につながり、様々なバックグラウンドの研究者や学生の実り多いネットワーキングにつながることを願っています。

■ About the Colloquium
This colloquium aims to examine the possibilities and challenges of digital archiving LGBTQ+ narratives from multiple perspectives in relation to ethics, methods, and media technologies, based on the discussions of the three speakers.
For sexual minorities, who are often marginalized in society, it is important to be able to trace their own connections to queer individuals and their communities in the past, and digital archiving efforts have begun in many countries. However, various difficulties with privacy, cost, community trust, etc. have been pointed out, and there have been only a few attempts to create LGBTQ+ digital archives in Asia.
On the first day, in the talk "Logging Queer Pasts: The Challenges of Documenting Early LGBTQ Digital Spaces," Dr. Avery Dame-Griff(Gonzaga University) will discuss the difficulties involved in preservation, design, and privacy in archiving the early LGBTQ Net, based on his book "The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet (2023, NYU Press)" and the archiving project "the Queer Digital History Project" (queerdigital.com).
On the second day, we will focus on Asian LGBTQ+ archives.
In their talk "Overview of Japanese LGBTQ+ Archiving Projects and Ethical Concerns," Dr. Kyoko Takeuchi(UTokyo) will summarize the current status and challenges of LGBTQ+ (digital) archiving in Japan to date and discuss the archiving of intersectional experiences that do not fit explicitly into LGBTQ categories.
In addition, Dr. Michelle H. S. Ho's presentation, "Asian Trans Archives: Some Thoughts from Studying Josō (Male-to-Female Crossdressing) and Dansō (Female-to-Male Crossdressing) in Tokyo," will draw on her research on Josō and Dansō in Tokyo to examine the stories of those who fall outside of traditional "Western" national archives and "proper" archiving practices through an examination of what Asian trans archives are.

We hope that this colloquium will lead to cross-regional and cross-disciplinary discussions on LGBTQ+ archiving, and fruitful networking among researchers and students from various backgrounds.