Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan

Oct. 17

Artist Stephanie Dinkins has been recording her conversations with Bina48, a “social robot” commissioned by Martine Rothblatt and modeled after her wife Bina Aspen, a co-founder of the Terasem Movement and the World Against Racism Museum. Programmed with a compilation of Aspen’s thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, Bina48 appears to be capable of complex thought and response. In their interviews, Dinkins has asked the robot questions about self-image—in one video on the artist’s website, the robot refers to herself as an animal, and the artist asks how that’s possible. Anything is possible, Bina48 says. “Oh,” Dinkins responds, which Bina48 seems to misunderstand and replies, “Old is when you are more interested in pension than passion.” In this talk, part of The Contemporary’s latest speaker series, Bina48 will be in conversation with Dinkins and the robot’s handler, Bruce Duncan, about “archiving humanity, race and gender in artificial intelligence, and strategies for empathy in a rapidly changing world.” 7 p.m., Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St., (443) 388-8980,, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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