Whether tracking a migrant traveling thousands of miles or someone on parole at home, carceral tech is reaching into all walks of life.
Editor: Mona Sloane
If we accept AIs crafting rap, we repeat the same exploitation that currently separates Black and brown artists from the fruits of their labor.
Violence underlies the whimsical colonizing of an island in “Animal Crossing.” But perhaps it holds promise for political repair, too.
The mugshot was invented in the 1880s. A century later, face surveillance has gone digital but remains as flawed as ever.
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
How might we learn resilience, care and community in the face of crisis–climate, political, cultural, economic or otherwise?
Digital tech cannot stop climate change merely by “greening” individual consumption.
Landlords’, bosses’ and schools’ intrusion of surveillance technologies into the home extends the carceral state into domestic space.
Today is overwhelmingly defined by white-supremacist violence and the whiteness of AI technology. Can seeing them together help defeat them both?
“I am supposed to be writing this essay, ostensibly on technology, but not for the first time, I believe I am unable to write; and not writing, doubt that I will I ever write again.”
Machines learned racism from humans. Perhaps humans can now learn about that racism from the very machines they taught.
“We can’t always explain how algorithms reach their decisions. The reasoning of algorithms, like the will of God, is unfathomable.”
Tech promises to cure any ailment, whether an unwelcome feeling or a global pandemic. But what if tech itself is ill? And what is a cure, anyway?
In the digital world, metrics mean everything. But who interprets just what they mean changes across organizations, countries, and cultures.
Both the definition of “intelligence” and the tech industry are deeply entwined with white domination. Will white-supremacist AI be the result?
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Critical examinations of the internet too often focus on the successes and failures of corporate leaders, rather than on the real constituents of online communities.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
Perhaps the lesson to take from this year of living online is not about making better technology. It’s about recognizing technology’s limits.
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”