Black Futures

Black in 2042

As part of our Black in 2042 pillar of work we host the Black futures conference after which we publish an annual report.

That details the stories we have to tell, the policies we have to pursue and the cultural interventions we have to pursue for Black people to become full participants in a rights respecting, justice focused tech sector.

We do this in partnership with the “Council of 42”, a group of Black civic leaders who are developing interventions that are creating real life Wakanda’s because they improve the material, economic and psychological conditions of Black people’s lives.

“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.”

-Toni Cade Bambara

In line with this AI for the People uses arts and culture to connect with Black audiences.

In 2022 we submitted a short film to the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, that discussed how Black people were thinking about technology and justice.

It was shown as part of their forum on Afro Futurism and at the 2022 Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Then later became the inspiration for the People's Guide to Wakanda.

A.I For The People Freedoms Poster
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During our launch in 2021, we collaborated with For Freedoms artist, Niama Safia Sandy, to create an installation that looked at surveillance culture in New York City.