Artificial intelligence is perhaps the most hyped technology in the world. In today’s episode, we’re going to hear a discussion that invites the listener to think about how money, power and some other troubling forces and ideas that shape our society are built into AI systems and the ways we think about deploying them.
In May, the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab and Center for an Informed Public cohosted a virtual book talk featuring Kate Crawford, a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence and author of the recently published book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence published this spring by Yale University Press, in conversation with Center for an Informed Public co-founder, founding co-director of the interdisciplinary UW Tech Policy Lab and UW School of Law professor Ryan Calo.
“How do we get the field to start thinking about when a system is being constructed? Does it in fact just empower the already powerful, or does it find new ways of changing those asymmetries?” asks Crawford. To consider these questions and more, listen to this week’s episode and subscribe.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.