SILENT WORKS. The Hidden Human Labor in AI-Driven Capitalism

SILENT WORKS. The Hidden Human Labor in AI-Driven Capitalism

Moderated by Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki

Fri, 31.01.2020 19:00 to 20:30
Volksbühne - Roter Salon
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Before artificial intelligence (AI) was invented as a technology, capitalism at large was driven by what could be called a fantasy of AI. This means that the most important economic processes—from decision making to production—have gradually been delegated to some higher, magically autonomous intelligence imagined as, for instance, the “self-regulated market.” And this has paved the way for the rise of actual AI technologies. Hence, unsurprisingly, AI as a self-optimizing and self-generating intelligence is nowadays becoming the driving factor in processes of “market-friendly” privatization transforming an increasing number of social fields: medicine, education, warfare, etc. This far-reaching commingling of AI as fantasy and AI as technology is confronting us with an urgent question: what happens to human labor under these conditions? The SILENT WORKS panel – the launch of Berliner Gazette's 2020 annual project – seeks answers to this question.     

Presented in cooperation with the Berliner Gazette.


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