• Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the citizens' engagement 

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    Posted: 1 May 2023

    On April 1st and 17th, Baltan hosted AI in the Hood workshops in the community centre De Buut and youth centre Tech Playgrounds HQ in Eindhoven. At each workshop, the participants made their own designs of Eindhoven using real-life pictures of the city and NightCafé.

    The participants were working in teams and, as a first step, were invited to reflect critically on AI-generated scenarios for the future of Eindhoven. Next, they wrote their own stories about how they wanted the city to develop and translated them into prompts for NightCafé. The tool created visual scenarios for Eindhoven, altering real-life pictures of the city according to the prompts. The participants were given time to experiment with their designs to stimulate their creativity and capture their ideas of a sustainable city.

    The workshops were facilitated by Pedro Gil Farias, a designer, artist and researcher, currently working with Humankind - an organisation for urban change based in Rotterdam. He was assisted by designers Hugo Pilate and Leif Czakai.

    Another creative activity of the workshops was making an AI fries sauce. Participants were asked to write down one wish they had for their city. Artist Margriet Craens, experienced in cooking with AI tools, let the wishes be translated by ChatGPT into food ingredients and blended into delicious sauces.

    The AI in the Hood workshops were part of the Machines for Good project, which combines AI tools with art and introduces them as a tool for the participation of citizens in addressing the technological challenges related to sustainability, democracy, climate change and community. It was developed with international partners under the European Union's Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values program. The overall goal of the program is to contribute to building open, democratic, equal and inclusive societies within the European Union.

    The workshops' reflections, captured in the qualitative survey, will be discussed with local and international policymakers and published as policy recommendations to share knowledge on AI and its potential to facilitate citizen engagement.

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