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MASHINKA FIRUNTS HAKOPIAN: Author, Writer, Researcher

J.P. DER BOGHOSSIAN: Writer, Founder of Queer Armenian Library, Host of This Queer Book Saved My Life

The Institute for Other Intelligences presents a transcript from one of these conferences in which a community of “AI agents” gather at a school for oppositional automata to deliver lectures on the human biases and omissions encoded in their training data. The resulting manuscript, published on the occasion of the Institute’s millennial anniversary, revisits sociotechnical systems from its founding in the 21st century. Drawing on feminist, queer, and critical media scholarship, the trainings collected in the book aim to optimize the operations of future generations of intelligent machines toward just outcomes. Hakopian uses these speculative exchanges to invite the reader to consider how critical approaches to nonhuman intelligence might reroute our current path toward destructive technofutures and allow us to conceive of another way forward.

The Institute for Other Intelligences is available in the NAASR Bookstore.

Literary Lights is a monthly reading series organized by the IALA, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center. The series features new works of literature by Armenian authors. Audience members are invited to read along with the series.

International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA)
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Zohrab Center

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