Follow of the Month - January 2021:

Kate Crawford
Kate Crawford

Areas of Expertise: Social implications of data systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Bio: Kate Crawford is a leading researcher and professor who has spent the last decade studying the social implications of data systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Kate is the co-founder of the AI Now Institute at New York University, the world's first university institute dedicated to researching the social implications of artificial intelligence and related technologies.

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In 2018, Crawford partnered with data viz guru Vladan Joler to create Anatomy of an AI System, a research paper and map that forensically analyzes the often exploitative extraction of natural resources, labor, and data to power a single AI system: the Amazon Echo. The project’s 23-by-16.5-foot map of this system has been featured in exhibitions at institutions like the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ars Electronica, and the Milan Triennale. Crawford has presented the project to policymakers at the Hague and the European Union, and has met with world leaders from France, Germany, Spain, and Argentina to discuss her research. She has a forthcoming book on AI and politics that will be published in 2021. 

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