Edited by Elinor Wahal
With the preface of Antonio Casilli
Over the last decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become increasingly widespread. Most of the current research exclusively focuses on the consequences of AI on society and economy: job displacement, increased discrimination through algorithmic bias and security risks.
AI’s rapid technological advancements have led to enthusiasm and increased consumption: for example, during 2019 the unit sales of voice assistants increased by 70% compared to 2018. In some sectors Artificial Intelligence has also prompted fears over the possible replacement of human workers by algorithms and machines.
On background, there is a growing interest in the economic conditions, the political tensions, and even the philosophical assumptions underlying intelligent technologies. From Amazon fulfillment centers to cyber-automation and Data colonialism, this volume emphasis on the bodies at work in AI, providing a variety of approaches to the study of AI and its social, economic, and ethical implications.
Each chapter also includes the video recording of the presentation delivered during the 2020 conference “Unboxing AI – Understanding Artificial Intelligence”: a three-day conference about space, body and materiality of AI.