ENDL-3: Unboxing AI. Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Job erosion, biased recruitment algorithms, safety risks: today many are drawing attention to the consequences of artificial intelligence on the job market. But what are the material conditions of AI production? Who are the multitudes of precarious workers generating data and operating algorithms? What are the geographical areas and the social scope of the work required to produce intelligent technologies? In what way do beliefs, cultures and values of those who design and implement artificial intelligence solutions influence the use of these technologies?

The conference Unboxing AI seeks to open the black box of artificial intelligence to allow the hidden, neglected or hushed-up aspects of the technological revolution to emerge.

Curated by and with Antonio Casilli,Telecom Paris, France.


All times are in European Standard Time, or UTC+01:00

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Chair: Ivana Pais (Università Cattolica, Milan)

3.00 pm – Opening keynote
Janine Berg (ILO) – Automation and Artificial Intelligence at work

4.00 pm
Andrea Miconi (IULM) – Digital Surplus. From Marx to the web

5.00 pm
Nick Couldry (LSE) & Ulises A. Mejias (SUNY) – Data colonialism. Big data and contemporary subjectivity

6.00 pm
Phoebe Moore (Leicester) – Who makes Artificial Intelligence: AI trainers behind the dream

Day 1: Registration Link

Friday, November 6th, 2020
Chair: Antonio Santangelo (University of Turin)

3.00 pm
Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine) – Mediating the human body in AI creation

4.00 pm
Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto) – Boxing AI at Amazon fulfillment centres

5.00 pm
Baruch Gottlieb (University of Arts, Berlin) – Digital materialism. A materialist understanding of digital technologies

6.00 pm – Closing keynote
Jeremias Adams-Prassl (Oxford) – Automating HR: new liabilities, new worker protections

Day 2: Registration Link

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

3.00 pm PhD Symposium Session 1
Vicky Kluzik (Goethe University Frankfurt) – Seeing like a platform
Kai-Hsin Hung (HEC Montreal) – Data workers in India
Idil Galip (U.niversity of Edinburgh) – Digital patronage
Discussant: Juan Carlos De Martin (Polytechnic University of Turin)

4.30 pm – In conversation with
Sarah T. Roberts (UCLA) – Moderating Internet in a Pandemic

5.30PM – PhD Symposium Session 2
Lou Brandner (University of Rome La Sapienza) – Freelance Creative Labour
Saverio Minardi (University of Trento) – Labor replacing technologies and labor market inequalities
Jonathan Gruber (University of Zurich) – Algorithmic skills for digital labour
Discussant: Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia)

Day 3: Registration Link

ENDL-3: Unboxing AI. Understanding Artificial Intelligence

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