The Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Workshops will focus on how to progress the conceptual theory and practice of next level of A.I. The key question the workshop will address is this: from an Indigenous perspective, what should our relationship with A.I. be? Related questions include: how can Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies contribute to the global conversation regarding society and A.I.? How do we broaden discussions regarding the role of technology in society beyond the largely culturally homogeneous research labs and Silicon Valley startup culture? How do we imagine a future with A.I. that contributes to the flourishing of all humans and non-humans?

The first workshop will take place March 1 - 2, 2019, at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in Honolulu, HI. It will bring together approximately twenty mainly Indigenous scholars and artists to discuss the questions above. A subset of the first workshop attendees will participate in a writing workshop in May, 2019 to compose a white paper capturing the outcomes of these conversations.


Workshop Details

Workshop 1: March 1 - 2, 2019
Location: Lava Lab
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.

Workshop 2: May 31 - June 1, 2019
Location: TBD

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Workshop Organisers

Prof. Jason Edward Lewis (Cherokee, Hawaiian, Samoan)
Angie Abdilla (Trawlwoolway)
Dr. ‘Ōiwi Parker Jones (Hawaiian)

Local Host and Coordinator:
Dr. Noelani Arista (Hawaiian)

Student Organizer and Global Coordinator:
Suzanne Kite (Oglala Lakota)

Venue Host:
Dr. Jason Leigh


Founding Organizers


Institutional Supporters

Department of History + College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Venue Hosts