It all started from a conversation between two philosophers interested in Artificial Intelligence, Juan Luis Gastaldi (ETH Zürich) and Maël Pégny. In the last couple of years, the various studies on AI conducted in social sciences, the humanities, law and philosophy, they thought, have grown at such a frantic pace that it has become hard not only to follow the news on AI, but to follow the news on the people from all those disciplines talking about AI. The idea was thrown to create a website to federate the various communities, centralize relevant news, discover who is working on what with whom, and have a friendly chat. After receiving the generous support of his academic home at Tübingen Universität, Maël Pégny thought it was his job to make that happen (or more precisely, to have our student assistant Elias Küchle make it happen). It was named “AISSH” (for “AI Social Sciences & Humanities”) because Maël Pégny does not have any imagination when it comes to finding cool names, and “SSHLP”(“Social Sciences Humanities Law & Philosophy”) was really too much of a mouthful even for an acronym.
This website has three main functionalities. The first is to create a news feed where any member can post relevant news on current works on AI in the SSH. The second is a forum where people from all the relevant communities can freely throw questions around and (maybe) get an answer from somebody. The third is the most original one. It is a map of members of the website who work in the SSH and who want to show where they are and what the topic of their current work is. In the near future, we might add fancier functionalities such as relations showing who has co-authored with whom, who is involved in a project with someone, and other ideas that we will discover as we go along. This should be a unique tool to have as complete an overview of the community as one can get in a single map.
We do not believe that AI should be conceived as an empire within an empire. AI models should be compared with other programs, put in the context of the global discipline of Computer Science and the various other disciplines it traditionally interacts with such as neurosciences and linguistics. Particular applications should be put in the context of their field of application, ethico-political debates should be respected for their own history, etc. Consequently, we welcome not only any work on AI, but also work plunging AI and AI-related issues into other intellectual traditions.
We hope this could become not only a convenient place to centralize and access information, but also a place to build a new sense of community. Your suggestions on how to expand and improve the website are more than welcome.
The website is entirely illustrated with AI-generated images.
All pictures from Wikipedia edited with LINK.