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Biography

Tomasz is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, working at the intersection of design theory, technology ethics and critical AI studies. His PhD work focuses on the role of critique in the design process in general – and the development of artificial intelligence in particular.

He is also a PhD Student Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at Cambridge and has contributed to various research projects, including the Global AI Narratives Project at CFI, the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Ethics of Digitalization research sprint hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

In Michaelmas 2021, he is a Visting Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy and the Observatoire des humanités numériques at the École normale supérieure in Paris. 

Research

Media and design theory

Technology ethics and critical theory

Cross-cultural perspectives on AI 

Critical and speculative design 

Posthumanism; Digital and environmental humanities 

Future of entertainment and learning

Publications

Key publications: 

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Peer-reviewed articles:  

'AI transparency: a matter of reconciling design with critique,' AI & Society (2020), https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-01110-y

Non-user-friendly: Staging Resitance with Interpassive User Experience Design’ APRJA Machine Feeling, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2019), 184-193.

Commissioned essays:

'Ex-centricity,' A New AI Lexicon (2021).

'A human–silkworm collaboration shows the way to sustainable design,' Aeon+Psyche (2021).

Book chapters:

‘The meanings of AI: a cross-cultural comparison,’ with S. Cave, K. Dihal, H. Katsuno, Y. Liu, A. Taillandier, D. White, in: Cave and Dihal, Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines (forthcoming 2022 with Oxford University Press).

‘AI Oasis? Imagining Intelligent Machines in the Middle East and North Africa,’ with K. Dihal, N. Rizk, N. Weheba, S. Cave, in: Cave and Dihal, Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines (forthcoming 2022 with Oxford University Press).

Reports:

Imagining a Future with Intelligent Machines: A Middle Eastern and North African Perspective. With ​K. Dihal, N. Rizk, N. Weheba, and S. Cave. Cambridge: The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (2021) – peer reviewed.

Digital Ethics in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 and Access to Education and Learning Spaces. With Participants in an Ethics of Digitalization Research Sprint. The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2021).

Peer-reviewed proceedings:

’Speculating on Artificial Intelligence: From Early Photography to Contemporary Design,’ xCoAx 2019: Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X Milan, Italy (2019), 380-385.

'Non-user-friendly,’ A Peer-Reviewed Newspaper About Machine Feeling, Vol 8, Issue 1 (2019).

 

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

In Lent 2021, I taught on the Interaction with Machine Learning Guided Project (co-hosted by the Computer Lab and Cambridge Digital Humanities), looking at interactions between humans and emerging AI systems, and exploring the potential for interaction between humanities scholars and computer scientists in the process of development and assessment of new solutions.

Other Professional Activities

Invited workshops / panels / talks (select): 

How Machine Learning systems shape the media, Cambridge Digital Humanities with the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, June 2021 – speaker.

Global AI Narratives: Central and Eastern Europe, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Periculum, Charles University, May 2021 – roundtable participant.

The Planetarity of Intelligence: Materialism and Illusion on the Surface of Solaris, e-flux, Decemeber 2020 – participant.

"An Epoch of Golem-making": Artificial Intelligence and the Jewish Imaginary, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Periculum, Charles University, November 2020 – chair. 

Machine Feeling Workshop: Aarhus University and Cambridge Digital Humanities with transmediale, January 2019 (Cambridge, UK) – participant.

Conference papers (select): 

‘What is Artificial?’ Global AI Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa: Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and American University of Cairo, October 2019 (Cairo, Egypt) 

‘The Netflix Clinic: (experi)Mental Viewing Experience in the Age of Psychometrics,’ Video Vortex XII: Institute of Network Cultures, September 2019 (Valletta, Malta). 

‘Trustworthy interfaces,’ Trust and Truth Conference: Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council DTP, September 2019 (Cambridge, UK)

‘Speculating on Artificial Intelligence from Early Photography to Contemporary Design,’ xCoAx: 7th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, July 2019 (Milan, Italy). 

‘ScreenTime: Manufacturing Subjectivity and Manipulating Time in User Experience Design,’ SpaceTime Conference: European Society for the Study of Literature, Science and the Arts, June 2019 (Athens, Greece). 

‘Must My iPhone Be A Trojan Horse? On Artificality, Trickstering, and Alternative Design,’ Rethinking Repetition in a Digital Age Symposium: CRASSH and AI & Society Journal, June 2019 (Cambridge, UK). 

‘Non-user-friendly,’ Machine Feeling Panel: transmediale, February 2019 (Berlin, Germany).

Organization: 

AI and Communism: Narratives of Intelligent Machines Behind the Iron Curtain, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Periculum, Charles University, May 2021. 

From Čapek to Lem: AI in Eastern European Science Fiction, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Periculum, Charles University, January 2021. 

"An Epoch of Golem-making": Artificial Intelligence and the Jewish Imaginary, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Periculum, Charles University, November 2020. 

Global AI Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and American University of Cairo, October 2019 (Cairo, Egypt). 

 

 

Department: Centre for Film and Screen
​Supervisor: Prof Martin Crowley
​College: Gonville & Caius
​Title of thesis: Design and Critique in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
 Tomasz  Hollanek

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