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(De)coding AI: Examining the political and environmental impact of the lifecycle of algorithms

With Dr Ana Valdivia
Date & Time:
10:00 - 18:00,
Wednesday 18 January, 2023
How to attend:
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has a wide political and environmental impact. In the last years academics, journalists and civil organisations have centred their efforts in analysing algorithmic discriminatory codes and bias; yet little is known about the impact of the whole lifecycle of AI: from mineral extractivism, to data infrastructures and electronic waste dumps.

This workshop will explore the interactions and controversies of algorithms beyond the code: What are the labour conditions of workers that extract minerals used to build technological devices for coding algorithms? How is the infrastructure of AI impacting on local communities when it is not longer useful? Can we trace the logistics of AI? Is the decolonial theory relevant to better understand the whole lifecycle of AI? Bringing scholars, activists and journalists from different part of the Globe, we will contribute to global and local debates on the broaden impact of AI.

Morning 10AM – 12.15 PM

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome & Intro

10:15 – 10:35 Lorena Jaume-Palasí – The Ethical Tech Society

10:35 – 10:55 Maurilio Pirone and Mattia Fraporti – University of Bologna (Into the Black Box)

10:55 – 11:15 Benedetta Brevini – University of Sydney

11:15 – 11:45 Discussion

11:45 – 12:15 Q&A

Chair: Martina Tazzioli


12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Break


Afternoon 1.30PM – 4 PM

1:30 – 1:40 Coming back

1:40 – 2:00 Naipanoi Lepapa – The Elephant

2:00 – 2:20 Sebastián Lehuedé – University of Cambridge

2:20 – 2:40 Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil – Colectivo Mixe

2:40 – 3:10 Discussion

3:10 – 3:40 Q&A

Chair: Ana Valdivia

3:40 – 4:00 Conclusions & Wrap up