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Biography

Tomasz is a research scientist at the University of Cambridge, working at the intersection of design theory, technology ethics, and critical artificial intelligence studies.

In 2022, he defended his PhD thesis in design theory at Cambridge. The thesis, 'Allocentric Design: Critical Practice in the Age of Radical Technological and Environmental Change,' explored the possibility of reconciling human-centric technology design principles with the goals of sustainable and restorative design for a more-than-human world.

Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI), where he is a part of the 'AI for Just and Sustainable Futures' project, and a Research Associate at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Previously, Tomasz was an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Scholar at Cambridge, a PhD Student Fellow at LCFI, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy and the Observatoire des humanités numériques at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

He has also contributed to various research projects, including the Global AI Narratives Project at LCFI, 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.

Research

Tomasz's research was featured or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals, including AI & Society and Design Issues, popular magazines, such as Aeon/Psyche, as well as an edited collection on intercultural perceptions of artificial intelligence (Oxford University Press, 2023). It concerns the following areas and subjects: 

  • Design theory; technology ethics; critical design; design and sustainability
  • Intercultural perceptions of artificial intelligence; disinformation, media, and machine learning 
  • Digital 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). 

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 (AI Now Institute, 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: 

Tomasz has 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. Currently, he is an Academic Adviser on the MSt in AI Ethics and Society program at Cambridge. 

Department: Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
​College: Gonville & Caius (PhD); Jesus (Post-doc)
​Title of thesis: Allocentric Design: Critical Practice in the Age of Radical Technological and Environmental Change
 Tomasz  Hollanek

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