Fantastic Futures 2019


December 4-6, 2019 at Stanford University


How will AI transform the library? How will the library transform AI?

What role will libraries, archives, and museums play, as trusted sources of information, when more and more of the information we consume is algorithmically generated? How will the values of neutrality, privacy, authority, and preservation that these institutions advance help shape AI. How will our institutions adapt these values to a changing landscape? How can we put AI to work for us, to transform and elevate our services beyond 20th century modalities?


December 4, 2019 Plenary Sessions • 8:30 - 17:00

The conference day will convene thought and practice leaders from academia, libraries, industry and society to address these questions and help shape the future of AI in libraries, and the role of libraries in AI.
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December 5, 2019 Workshops • 8:30 - 18:00

Organized in multiple tracks over one full day, the workshops will provide practical instruction on a range of topics appropriate for individual across libraries, archives and museums, whether administrators, content experts, catalogers, designers, or engineers.
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December 6, 2019 Unconference • 8:30 - TBD

A core mission of this conference is to encourage and support international collaboration around efforts to apply AI within libraries, archives, and museums. The third day will provide an opportunity for self-organizing around interest groups, demonstrations of works in progress, and extended workshop sessions that grow out of day 2. Open to attendees of the Plenary Sessions (Dec. 4) and the Workshops (Dec. 5).
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December 3, 2019 Pre-conference Skill-building

Those who register for the Workshops day will have the option to sign up for introductory courses on Python, IIIF, Tensorflow, and other topics.


December 6, 2019 Afternoon Invitational Meetings

  • International Collaboration Planning
  • Curriculum Planning