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Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper

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Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper

Lewis, Jason Edward ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0130-8544, Abdilla, Angie, Arista, Noelani, Baker, Kaipulaumakaniolono, Benesiinaabandan, Scott, Brown, Michelle, Cheung, Melanie, Coleman, Meredith, Cordes, Ashley, Davison, Joel, Duncan, Kūpono, Garzon, Sergio, Harrell, D. Fox, Jones, Peter-Lucas, Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Kekuhi, Kelleher, Megan, Kite, Suzanne, Lagon, Olin, Leigh, Jason, Levesque, Maroussia, Mahelona, Keoni, Moses, Caleb, Nahuewai, Isaac ('Ika'aka), Noe, Kari, Olson, Danielle, Parker Jones, 'Ōiwi, Running Wolf, Caroline, Running Wolf, Michael, Silva, Marlee, Fragnito, Skawennati and Whaanga, Hēmi (2020) Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper. Project Report. Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Honolulu, HI. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This position paper on Indigenous Protocol (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a starting place for those who want to design and create AI from an ethical position that centers Indigenous concerns. Each Indigenous community will have its own particular approach to the questions we raise in what follows. What we have written here is not a substitute for establishing and maintaining relationships of reciprocal care and support with specific Indigenous communities. Rather, this document offers a range of ideas to take into consideration when entering into conversations which prioritize Indigenous perspectives in the development of artificial intelligence. It captures multiple layers of a discussion that happened over 20 months, across 20 time zones, during two workshops, and between Indigenous people (and a few non-Indigenous folks) from diverse communities in Aotearoa, Australia, North America, and the Pacific.

Indigenous ways of knowing are rooted in distinct, sovereign territories across the planet. These extremely diverse landscapes and histories have influenced different communities and their discrete cultural protocols over time. A single ‘Indigenous perspective’ does not exist, as epistemologies are motivated and shaped by the grounding of specific communities in particular territories. Historically, scholarly traditions that homogenize diverse Indigenous cultural practices have resulted in ontological and epistemological violence, and a flattening of the rich texture and variability of Indigenous thought. Our aim is to articulate a multiplicity of Indigenous knowledge systems and technological practices that can and should be brought to bear on the ‘question of AI.’

To that end, rather than being a unified statement this position paper is a collection of heterogeneous texts that range from design guidelines to scholarly essays to artworks to descriptions of technology prototypes to poetry. We feel such a somewhat multivocal and unruly format more accurately reflects the fact that this conversation is very much in an incipient stage as well as keeps the reader aware of the range of viewpoints expressed in the workshops.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Concordia University > Research Units > Hexagram - The Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies
Concordia University > Research Units > Indigenous Futures Research Centre
Concordia University > Research Units > Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology
Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Authors:Lewis, Jason Edward and Abdilla, Angie and Arista, Noelani and Baker, Kaipulaumakaniolono and Benesiinaabandan, Scott and Brown, Michelle and Cheung, Melanie and Coleman, Meredith and Cordes, Ashley and Davison, Joel and Duncan, Kūpono and Garzon, Sergio and Harrell, D. Fox and Jones, Peter-Lucas and Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Kekuhi and Kelleher, Megan and Kite, Suzanne and Lagon, Olin and Leigh, Jason and Levesque, Maroussia and Mahelona, Keoni and Moses, Caleb and Nahuewai, Isaac ('Ika'aka) and Noe, Kari and Olson, Danielle and Parker Jones, 'Ōiwi and Running Wolf, Caroline and Running Wolf, Michael and Silva, Marlee and Fragnito, Skawennati and Whaanga, Hēmi
Institution:Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Date:2020
Funders:
  • CIFAR
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • The Initiative for Indigenous Futures
  • Old Ways, New
  • Concordia Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.11573/spectrum.library.concordia.ca.00986506
Keywords:Artificial Intelligence, AI, Indigenous Protocol, Indigenous Knowledges
ID Code:986506
Deposited By: JASON LEWIS
Deposited On:15 Apr 2020 15:57
Last Modified:06 Jul 2020 17:06
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Additional Information:Edited by Jason Edward Lewis.
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