Anatomy of an AI System map

Anatomy of an AI System By Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler

  • designed to either “blend in or stand out”
  • “Because Alexa is in the cloud, she is always getting smarter and adding new features.”
    • hard to explain and understand the extraordinary complexity of these artificial intelligence agent
    • but do people care?
    • requires “a vast planetary network, fueled by the extraction of non-renewable materials, labor, and data”
    • reminds me Sandra
  • lithium extraction
    • Atacama regions in Chile and Argentina
    • ‘grey gold’
    • lithium-Ion batteries
    • limited lifespan
    • invisible threads of commerce, science, politics and power
  • three processes: material resources, human labor, and data
    • the ethereal metaphor of ‘the cloud’
    • it’s hard to ‘see’ any of these processes individually
  • human user = chimera (hybrid)
    • a consumer, a resource, a worker, and a product
    • aren’t we always a ‘chimera’ in real life as well?
    • helping to train the neural networks
    • ‘collective intelligence’?
  • The echo = an ‘ear’ in the home
  • statua citofonica (the ‘talking statue’)
    • “listening systems” = power, class, and secrecy