If AI aims to open a conversation about how citizens wish to see smart new technologies affecting their lifes, in order to enrich the familiar narratives
around AI-infused tomorrows with local, situated and inclusive practices. It encompasses direct fieldwork, online conversations,
playful experiments and civic workshops. Behind If AI is a pluridisciplinary collective of scientists, anthropologists, humanists and citizens
wondering what could be the place and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within our society.
While embracing a state of heterogeneity, and complexity for our technological futures, If AI adopts the mundane,
the situatedness and the unscalability of things and processes at his core, while wandering through a spectrum of collected civic materials.
It also questions how these individual visions can come together to compose a plural world. In a future whose present is not yet taking place,
it fuzzily redefines a common ground from local consistencies, networked interdependent agents, and adaptive imperfect processes.
From there, a new civic society may awkwardly emerge, in acceptance of the inherent frictions of the individual bodies, their contradictory tendencies,
and categorical instability.
A ongoing fieldwork intends to enrich -and somehow contest- the familiar narratives around AI-infused tomorrows,
by collecting opinions of diverse individuals on how do they see -or wish to see- smart new technologies affecting their life,
and by conducting workshops.
See the matter. This opens the conversation.
"The Place" is an heterotopia. It acts as the speculative ground for these collateral commons,
an incomplete representation of the post-utopian society which emerged from the interviews:
it gives voices to these individuals while placing them on a shared evolving public space.
A token for a "plebeian public sphere." The Place is an ongoing participative civic experiment...in construction.