Virtual creative workshop // Friday, 6.12.20 // 1-3 pm EST 

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This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to contend with the ethical, technological, legal, and racial justice questions that are arising, and continue to arise, in light of the COVID pandemic and after the recent police killings in the US. Led by CLIC Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Newman, with special guest Mutale Nkonde, this workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect  on some of the most pressing questions we face both individually and as a society. The workshop is focused on using creative, collaborative art as a way to grapple with such questions.

The Value Alignment Problem, recently popularized by AI, is the challenge of assuring that the goals either embedded in systems or secondary goals that they subsequently form are aligned with the values of the society they serve. Such questions of value alignment map onto the further questions with which we now must contend: questions about public safety and personal liberty, privacy and surveillance, systemic biases, and public health during a pandemic.

Through a series of activities and discussions, participants will contribute questions that will later be assembled  into a “Moral Labyrinth”, providing an opportunity for further reflection and meditation on timely (and timeless) questions. The workshop-generated labyrinth will be exhibited online, and each participant will receive a special copy of the labyrinth after the conclusion of the workshop.

For additional questions about this event, please contact This workshop is hosted by Northeastern’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity.




The Future of Secrets, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
The Myth of Agency, Monash University Center Prato, Italy
Moral Labyrinth at WeRobot (with Jessica Fjeld), University of Miami, FL

Moral Labyrinth, Somerville Community Bike Path, MA
Moral Labyrinth, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
The Future of Secrets, Digital Cultures Conference, Warsaw, Poland
Moral Labyrinth, Mozfest, London
The Future of Secrets, South by Southwest, Austin, TX 
Machine Experience II, Rainbow Unicorn; opening at ACUD, in conjunction with Vorspiel/Transmediale, Berlin, Germany

talks & workshops

Secrets, Morality, and AI: Artistic Reflections on Being Human, Northeastern University School of Law
Bias in, Bias out: Building Better Artificial Intelligence with Dataset ‘Nutrition Labels’ March 2020. DRIVE /2020 Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Bias In, Bias Out: Reducing Bias in AI, Open Government Partnership Summit, Ottawa Canada
Moral Labyrinth Workshop at RightsCon Tunis (with Jie Qi and Mindy Seu), Tunesia
Navigating the Moral Labyrinth: Intersections of Philosophy, AI, and Art, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
Secrets Ignite Talk, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
AI, Big Ideas, and Shiny Objects Workshop, South by Southwest, Austin, TX
September 2018 - Digital Cultures Conference, Warsaw, Poland
April 2018 - AI + Art talk, HIIG, Berlin
March 2018 SXSW Artist Panel
March 2018 - SXSW Panel "AI Creativity in Art, Neuroscience, and the Law", Austin, TX


2019 Bellagio AI Resident Fellow
2018 Somerville Arts Council Fellowship
2018 Assembly Fellowship on the Ethics & Governance of AI
2018 Quicklab residency at Einstein Center for Digital Futures, Berlin