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Anna Greenspan: Mou Zongsan and AI ethics

April 5, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Ehrichler Room
3100 North Quad
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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Participants are invited to attend in-person in the North Quad Room 3100 or virtually. Please register here to attend online.


Mou Zongsan and AI ethics


Anna Greenspan is associate professor of global contemporary media, NYU Shanghai.


China has a singular media ecology. Tencent and Alibaba are giant internet platforms that rival Facebook and Google. Urban environments have been entirely reshaped by biometrics and QR codes. Mobile payments have practically replaced cash. My work stems from the basic premise that to understand the contemporary mediasphere requires an engagement with China. This talk will draw from my new book China and the Wireless Undertow: Media as Wave Philosophy published in the Technicities book series at Edinburgh University Press in 2023 and the upcoming volume Machine Decision is Not Final: The History and Future of China, which is co-edited with Benjamin Bratton and Bogna Konior and will be published by Urbanomic/MIT Press in 2024. This talk will focus on the work of philosopher Mou Zongsan and argue that a synthesis of media theory and New Confucian thought can deepen and enrich our thinking about AI ethics.

This talk is co-sponsored by ESC and the LSA Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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