Design Campus Digital Talk
Whose lives, bodies and data are affected by new digital power structures that exacerbate older forms of exploitation, dispossession and appropriation? By centering on migrant workforces hidden behind processes of automation, Ariana Dongus will discuss how data colonialism, meaning data-driven and algorithmic forms of occupation, dispossession and exploitation affect populations that are usually neglected by Western discourses around tech companies and critiques of surveillance capitalism.
In so doing, she aims to demystify AI by showing how technology is not neutral and objective: Historically grown social injustices, discriminations and inequalities are deeply woven into the fabric of contemporary high-tech and reproduce colonial power structures. The more AI emerges as a paradigm in digital capitalism, the higher the demand for cheap labor whose subjects are to be found behind screens and smartphones around the globe. By showing how much human labor is still needed to make AI applications appear 'autonomous' and 'smart', the lecture contributes to a materialist critique of digital economies today and argues against the myth of AI as an ’automation machine’: rather than replacing a workforce, it displaces it onto a new migrant one, shifting it to the minds and hands of a precarious low-cost workers.
Ariana Dongus is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe. In 2021, she was awarded as „AI Newcomer“ by the German Ministry of Education and the Society for Informatics. At HfG, she coordinates the research group KIM (Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy) founded by Prof. Pasquinelli, as well as a research project in the program "AI and the Society of the Future" funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. In exploring the intersection of biometrics, colonial pasts, new forms of work and machine 'intelligence', she contributes to a critique of today’s digital economies. She has held workshops and lectured nationally and internationally, for example at Ars Electronica, transmediale, PACT Zollverein, Bern University of the Arts, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts or during the European Media Art Festival.
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