How Artificial Intelligence fosters Global Inequalities

Datum en tijd:
20 november 2023 15:30 - 17:30 uur

House of Connections (Groningen) and online

Tensions over AI's impact on human labor dominate public debate today. The opposite question is rarely asked, however: what does human labor do to AI? As a matter of fact, labor plays an important role in the production of machine learning solutions, but it is often overlooked. AI workers aren't just software developers and system engineers, they're also lesser-known and less well-paid data workers. Voice assistants, self-driving cars, and facial recognition tools are created through labor-intensive processes that involve crowdworkers, clickworkers, and microworkers performing tasks like image labeling, information sorting, voice sampling, and audio transcription. and the Jantina Tammes School of Digital Society, Technology and AI invite you to join the talk:

A Four-Country Study on Data Work

This presentation explores the working conditions and socio-demographic profiles of data workers across four low-, middle-, and high-income countries (Venezuela, Madagascar, Brazil, and France). The analysis is based on observations conducted by the DiPLab (Digital Platform Labor) research team from 2020 to 2023. By combining mixed-methods and primary data, we show how historical global inequalities still shape international digital labor and data supply chains.

The main speaker during the presentation is Antonio A. Casilli. He is professor of sociology at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and researcher at the Internet and Society Centre (CIS) of the CNRS, the French national center for scientific research. In addition to numerous scientific publications in French, English and Italian, he is the author of the award-winning book "En attendant les robots" ("Waiting for the Robots. An Inquiry into Click Work", University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

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