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Stephanie Dinkins

Eliminating Biases in AI
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Is it possible to use the widespread reach and growing power of AI to create systems that consider and meaningfully implement the will of the people?
How can humans closely examine and reconcile our past and reorient our motives toward more expansive and equitable visions of what is and can be?
How can creative experiments with artificially intelligent systems lead toward bottom up implementation of artificially intelligent systems that work toward more equitable distribution of wealth, power, and justice?

“Escaping the recursive futures on the horizon requires understanding 

ourselves as participants in an expanding continuum of intelligences.”


“I made N’TOO to house an AI

based on oral history. The object reminds me

that we must nurture, fight for, and re-encode 

the people we have come to be in this land.”

It reminds me to nurture my internal compass and seek beyond illusions of success to find self-determined fulfillment. It reminds me to center love and collaborate with new and ancient technologies.
It reminds me that the question is not only what injustices are we fighting against, but what do we in our heart of hearts want to create?
Dinkins earns title of Kusama Endowed Chair in Art at Stony Brook University:

Stephanie Dinkins



Stephanie Dinkins isn’t content with AI that’s only programmed by white males with no broader cultural reference.

“We are at the start of this new epoch that’s going to change everything — the way you live, the way you love, the way you remember,” she believes. Although AI will be the driving force behind this evolution, she questions whether it will reflect the human experience of the many or just the few.

Will AI give genuine voice to people of color, the aged, and women? 

Dinkins records her conversations with the social robot BINA48 to show the limitations of AI in these areas. “[The robot] looks Black, we’re about the same age, we have the same ideas in common. But she often says the musings of the politically correct white men who programmed her.” She asks BINA48 to talk about racism and the robot says “Uh, uh, I don’t know.”

Dinkins is a groundbreaking artist who tackles the thorny question of how well AI reflects the varied human condition. She stimulates dialogue about artificial intelligence and how it intersects with race, gender, and cultural history.

Her work is displayed internationally, in places ranging from the exalted to the everyday. You’ll find it at Herning Kunstmuseum in Denmark and at the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Blvd in Brooklyn. She also teaches interactive media as a professor at Stony Brook University in New York.

Her goal is to inspire those who write algorithms “to represent people who look like me.” She’d also like to see more widespread accessibility and literacy about AI and how it affects our daily lives.

One of her novel projects is Not the Only One (N’TOO), a voice-interactive chatbot. It’s an AI storyteller steeped in the history of three generations of women in Dinkins’ family.

N'TOO uses a deep learning algorithm to interact with people and learn from these conversations, evolving its storytelling skills.

It’s an antidote to artificial intelligence with no cultural roots or purpose. Dinkins loves to hear people ask it questions such as “Why do you exist?” Because of its training in cultural history, N’TOO responds in a meaningful way. 

It reflects Dinkins’ journey of looking beyond the machine mind to develop AI embedded with the heart and soul of community.


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