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Kate Crawford on AI and Power: From Bias to Justice

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Professor Kate Crawford, co-founder of AI Now, presents work on the need for a lens shift in our thinking about AI—from Bias to Justice

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AI and Power: From Bias to Justice

Kate Crawford

Co-Founder of AI Now, Distinguished Research Professor, NYU, and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

5:30pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday 17 December

Manning Clarke Hall, Cultural Centre Kambri, ANU Building 153

Machine learning systems now play a much bigger role in many of our social institutions, from education to healthcare to criminal justice. But many scholars have shown the way these systems are built on data that result in the reproduction of structural bias and discrimination. In this talk, Professor Crawford opens the substrates of training data to uncover the historical origins, labor practices, infrastructures, and epistemological assumptions that go into the production of artificial intelligence. Rather than a focus on technically correcting biases, she argues for a recentering of justice and the enforcement of limits on centralized power.

Kate Crawford is a leading researcher, academic and author who has spent 15 years studying the social implications of large-scale data and artificial intelligence. Her work resituates the understanding of AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. Her “Anatomy of AI” project – which maps the full lifecycle of a single Amazon Echo from mines in the Congo to data extraction in Silicon Valley to e-waste pits in Ghana – won the Beazley Design of the Year Award in 2019 and has been acquired for the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London.

Crawford is a Distinguished Research Professor at New York University, where she co-founded the AI Now Institute – the first interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the social implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and is the inaugural Visiting Chair in AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Crawford’s research has appeared in Nature, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and Harper’s Magazine. She has advised policy makers in the United Nations, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Union, and the Obama White House. She currently has a major exhibition at the Fondazione Prada museum in Milan, in collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen, which analyzes the images that are used in AI vision systems. Crawford also has a new book called Atlas of AI: Extraction, Politics and Power in Artificial Intelligence forthcoming with Yale University Press (2020).

This event is a joint production of the Humanising Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge, the 3A Institute, and the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, all at the Australian National University.

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