AI Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Dinkins
Stephanie Dinkins is one of the most influential creatives within the AI sphere due to the fact that she creates works that intersect race, gender, and age. She is a transmedia artist, meaning that she promotes experimental approaches and the development of alternatives to traditional forms. This is an experience that can unfold or evolve across multiple media types.
Dinkins was born in 1964 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997 and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Studies Program.
Her body of work is most noteworthy through her work with communities of colour, which aims to create a more inclusive and ethical AI community for other artists. Her main goal is to create a culturally attuned AI entity in a joint effort with programmers and engineers, alongside consultations with local communities of colour.
Conversations With Bina48
The goal of this project is to explore if an artist and a social robot are capable of building a relationship over time. This has been conducted through a series of ongoing, recorded conversations with Bina48, one of the most advanced social robots on a global scale.
Not The Only One (N'TOO)
N’TOO is a multigenerational memoir of a black American family, showcased through the perspective of deep learning AI. This voice-enabled AI has been trained and designed to focus on the needs and ideas of people of colour, who have been historically underrepresented in the tech sector.
N'TOO originally learned from data collected from living subjects—the AI storyteller was trained on data provided by three generations of women from a single family.
Project al-Khwarzmi (PAK)
In this project, which is a series of workshops (named PAK POP-UPs), Dinkins portrays her advocacy for social-practice art collaboration as a means to uplift disenfranchised communities by allowing them to learn how to use technological advancements to their benefit, as opposed to being vulnerable to their use.
Through this work, Dinkins aimed to bring attention to the need for minority groups to be involved with the development and advancement of technology and to bring light to the dangers that arise if this necessity is ignored. In her PAK POP-UP workshops, Dinkins worked alongside youth in the criminal justice system to find ways of amplifying the voices of minorities in regards to how technology is created and used in modern society.
Dinkins’ AI Focus
Dinkins is interested in using AI to see how it handles the codification of social and cultural factors, especially in regards to racial, gender, and social equity. Dinkins is also interested in learning how far AI can advance; furthermore, she aims to explore the possibilities of a long-term relationship between humans and AI based on emotional interaction.