Serife (Sherry) Wong


Şerife (Sherry) Wong is a Turkish Hawaiian artist and founder of Icarus Salon, an art think tank researching the ethics of emerging technology. In 2019, she was a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center thematic month on AI, a jury member at Ars Electronica for the European Commission’s STARTS Prize, and partnered with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford to create Fluxus Landscape, a map of 500 actors in AI ethics and governance. Previously, she was both an Artist in Residence and Impact Program Manager at Autodesk’s Pier 9, worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Artnet Magazine. As an artist, she has exhibited internationally at venues such as Art Basel Miami, Shanghai Art Fair, FIAC Paris, ARCO Madrid, and Art Cologne. Şerife advocates for justice in AI which includes serving on a scientific advisory panel for USAID and Duke University on the future use of AI to address humanitarian challenges and pushes for more active roles for artists in policymaking.

Researching AI ethics and governance in partnership with Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Served on the scientific advisory panel for USAID, organized by Duke University on the ethical concerns in the use of AI and machine learning for humanitarian purposes.

Participated in workshop at Swissnex, Towards an Inclusive Future in AI, part of the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.

Jury member for the European Commission STARTS prize for Ars Electronica.

Soliciting impact investors for a new partnership between GoSol and Forest Trends to bring solar concentration to indigenous people in the Amazon.

Funded medical aid in Guadalajara for indigenous artisans with partnership with the Huichol Center and Project Hope Art.

Moderated ethics panel for Machine Learning & UX on using data science ethically at IDEO with Elizabeth Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google, Stuart Geiger, Staff Ethnographer at Berkeley Institute for Data Science and Kristian Lum, Lead Statistician at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.