< Events | May 06-08, 2024

Absolutely Interdisciplinary – Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society

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Examining the current state of artificial intelligence (AI) and its social implications necessitates reaching across disciplinary boundaries. The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society’s (SRI) annual conference, Absolutely Interdisciplinary, convenes exactly the kind of crucial multidisciplinary conversations needed to build new fields of research and tackle the most urgent questions of our time.

This year, the main Absolutely Interdisciplinary conference takes place exclusively in person on May 7 and 8, 2024. The conference will be preceded by the Absolutely Interdisciplinary graduate workshop on May 6, 2024, which will be available as an online-only broadcast. Finally, the conference will end with the Ian P. Sharp Lecture featuring invited speaker Beth Simone Noveck, an in-person event co-hosted by SRI and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

For the first time, in-person conference sessions will be held in the newly-completed Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus located in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District. The 250,000 square foot space evokes the ethos of the conference—as architect Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi suggests, the venue will “allow folks in different silos to start to find intersections and pathways to work together.” 

As in past years, all three days of the conference will pair scholars from different disciplines to address a common question and facilitate discussion.

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