Better Machines for Better Humans
With Kate Crawford
Conducted and curated by Marta Peirano
Artificial intelligence may not be so artificial nor intelligent, argues Kate Crawford’s latest book Atlas of AI, and its costs are often hidden and many: from natural resources and labor to privacy, equality, and freedom. Rather than taking a narrow focus on code and algorithms, Crawford offers us a material and political perspective on what it takes to make AI and how it centralizes power.
The book is the product of more than a decade of research into the anatomy of artificial intelligence and reveals how AI is in fact technology of extraction: from the minerals drawn from the earth, to the labor pulled from low-wage information workers, to the data taken from every action and expression. This in-depth study shows how this planetary network is fueling a shift toward undemocratic governance and increased inequity.
Kate Crawford is a writer, composer, producer and a leading scholar on the social implications of AI. She has travelled the planet, visiting the sites that reveal the true costs of artificial intelligence as an extractive industry, consuming natural resources, labour and vast quantities of data. In the process, she has also imagined better ways of building and deploying those technical tools in ways that empower people to improve their lives and communities.
Special guests: Sanela Jahić, intermedia artist, researcher Nika Mahnič and journalist Lenart J. Kučić.
In the framework of Tactics & Practice #10: (re)programming.