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“You and AI” Exploring the Impact of Algorithms on Our Lives, at Pedion Tou Areos

ΑΤΗΕΝS — "You and AI: Through the algorithmic lens", from June 24 to July 18, is a three-week festival by the Onassis Foundation exploring how algorithmic systems are constructed and defined, and by whom, and how they impact and reshape society and our perception of the world.

The festival includes an exhibition at Pedion tou Areos park in Athens, as well as online experiences, conversations and participatory sessions on artificial intelligence, creativity and ethics.

As the organizers say, "The exhibition explores artificial intelligence not as some future potentiality but as a present-day reality. From social media platforms using algorithms to select the content we see and hear – not to mention our friends and where we go out – to digital maps that suggest places for us to go and how to get there, to predictive text on our mobile devices that completes our sentences for us, writing along with us, artificial intelligence is now to be found on our very bodies."

"You and AI" consists of 24 works that examine three topics: how we view AI, and how it views us; AI as a key factor shaping public space, political process, and today’s democracy; and AI as a constituent part of and substitute for the natural environment. The exhibition is structured along those three lines, mostly through large-scale HD screens, 3D sculptures, and installations within the Pedion Areos park's vegetation. They include soundscapes that activate when visitors approach specific points, and all means the visitors experience "enter into dialog to create an accurate expression of the experiences that artificial intelligence has brought into our lives," the organizers say.

From June 24 to July 18, Pedion tou Areos will act as the backdrop for 25 artworks on artificial intelligence that take the form of digital screens and interactive works, as well as sculptures, posters, and interactive installations. The exhibition will also exist in digital form on onassis.org with public film screenings, digital works, online conferences and academic forums, and an exhibition catalog in digital format that visitors can download onto their phones.

Entrance is free to the public.

The festival is part of European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, and is cofunded by the European Union's "Creative Europe" program. Details are available at https://www.onassis.org/whats-on/festival-you-and-ai-through-the-algorithmic-lens.

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