Dr. Beth Coleman is Associate Professor of Data & Cities at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Working in the disciplines of science and technology studies and generative aesthetics Beth Coleman’s research focuses on artificial intelligence & smart technology, urban data and civic engagement, and transmedia arts. She is the author of Hello Avatar and Reality Was Whatever Happened: Octavia Butler AI and Other Possible Worlds, as well as many articles, including “Race as Technology” and “Technology of the Surround.”  She has been a Google Brain and Responsible AI senior visiting researcher with as well as a 2021 Google Artists and Machines Intelligence awardee. She is a founding member of the Trusted Data Sharing group and research lead on AI policy and praxis at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology & Society. Her research affiliations have included the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University; Microsoft Research New England; Data & Society Institute, New York; and expert consultant for the European Commission Digital Futures. She served as the Founding Director of the U of T Black Research Network Institute Strategic Initiative. She is the co-founder of SoundLab Cultural Alchemy, an internationally acclaimed multimedia art and sound platform. She has a history of international exhibition and artist residencies including venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Récollets Paris, and Pioneer Works, New York. She is currently working on the monograph, AI in the World: perils and possibilities of a General Purpose Technology.