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

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Fri, 31.01.2020 19:00 to 20:30
Volksbühne - Roter Salon
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The Berliner Gazette panel SILENT WORKS explores what lies dormant in the invisibilized backend, where the logistics of almost imperceptible work processes are controlled. Here, everything is maintained not only by machine learning and algorithm-driven automation, but also by increasingly invisibilized human labor. The movement of goods in the Amazon Empire, for instance, seems to be completely robotized, but the processes calculated through artificial intelligence are also carried out by human workers, who act as hidden assistants to the machines. So, too, is this true for the algorithmically controlled interfaces of web platforms: while giving the impression of being magically driven by self-learning bots, in the background people perform the silent work of optimization. In view of the above, the SILENT WORKS panel seeks answers to the following question: how can the invisibilized human work in today‘s AI-driven society be brought into visibility?

Presented in cooperation with the Berliner Gazette.

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