Kate Crawford's book  'Atlas of AI' (Yale, 2021)
Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence (Yale, 2021)

ADM+S Centre, ACMI & Liquid Architecture present

Kate Crawford – Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence




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How is AI made, and what are its full costs on a planet already under strain?

In this talk, Professor Kate Crawford gives us a tour through her new book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, published by Yale in April 2021. Atlas of AI explores the historical origins, labor practices, infrastructures and epistemological assumptions that underlie the production of contemporary artificial intelligence. Rather than taking a narrow focus on code and algorithms, Prof. Crawford offers a political and material perspective on AI as an extractive industry: from lithium mines in Nevada, to the exploited workers behind "automated" systems, to the regimes of classification in training data. We see how AI is neither artificial nor intelligent, but a registry of power – which has only intensified during the pandemic at a time of extreme global inequality.

Professor Crawford's talk will be followed by a conversation followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Event duration

120 mins


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About our guests

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. Over her 20-year career, her work has focused on understanding large-scale data systems, machine learning and AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, and the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, In 2021, she will be the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She previously co-founded the AI Now Institute at New York University. Kate has advised policy makers in the United Nations, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Parliament, and the White House.

Professor Kate Crawford

Liquid Architecture

Liquid Architecture is a leading Australian organisation committed to theory and practice at the intersections of contemporary art, music, writing and performance. Since 2000, they have curated and produced performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, publications, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites, on and offline.