Anatomy of an AI System


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Thought-provoking essay on the Amazon Echo ecosystem:
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7 days ago by pmorrison
Anatomy of an AI System - The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources. By Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler (2018)
IFTTT  ai  amazon  anatomy  art  artificial  chain  diagram  echo  exploitation  infrastructure  map  meteriality  production  research  system  theory  via:popular  visualisation 
10 days ago by atran
"An anatomical case study of the Amazon echo as a [sic] artificial intelligence system made of human labor"
diagram  ai  machinelearning  infrastructure  system  labor 
20 days ago by gohai
RT : I assigned and 's incredible as the final reading for my voic…
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4 weeks ago by dunstan
Anatomy of AI *Oh man, how did I miss that the most excellent Anatomy of AI poster/explaine…
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7 weeks ago by thewavingcat
A tour de force exploration of the extractive and exploitative nature of our current era of technology: “A brief command and a response is the most common form of engagement with this consumer voice-enabled AI device. But in this fleeting moment of interaction, a vast matrix of capacities is invoked: interlaced chains of resource extraction, human labor and algorithmic processing across networks of mining, logistics, distribution, prediction and optimization. The scale of this system is almost beyond human imagining. How can we begin to see it, to grasp its immensity and complexity as a connected form? We start with an outline: an exploded view of a planetary system across three stages of birth, life and death, accompanied by an essay in 21 parts. Together, this becomes an anatomical map of a single AI system.”
environment  capitalism  amazon  alexa  ai 
7 weeks ago by joshclark
Anatomy of an AI System - The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources. By Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler (2018)
amazon  infrastructure  ai  echo 
8 weeks ago by loughlin
Anatomy of an AI System - The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources. By Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler (2018)
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8 weeks ago by juanmaramirez
When a human engages with an Echo, or another voice-enabled AI device, they are acting as much more than just an end-product consumer. It is difficult to place the human user of an AI system into a single category: rather, they deserve to be considered as a hybrid case. Just as the Greek chimera was a mythological animal that was part lion, goat, snake and monster, the Echo user is simultaneously a consumer, a resource, a worker, and a product. This multiple identity recurs for human users in many technological systems. In the specific case of the Amazon Echo, the user has purchased a consumer device for which they receive a set of convenient affordances. But they are also a resource, as their voice commands are collected, analyzed and retained for the purposes of building an ever-larger corpus of human voices and instructions. And they provide labor, as they continually perform the valuable service of contributing feedback mechanisms regarding the accuracy, usefulness, and overall quality of Alexa’s replies. They are, in essence, helping to train the neural networks within Amazon’s infrastructural stack....

At this moment in the 21st century, we see a new form of extractivism that is well underway: one that reaches into the furthest corners of the biosphere and the deepest layers of human cognitive and affective being. Many of the assumptions about human life made by machine learning systems are narrow, normative and laden with error. Yet they are inscribing and building those assumptions into a new world, and will increasingly play a role in how opportunities, wealth, and knowledge are distributed.

The stack that is required to interact with an Amazon Echo goes well beyond the multi-layered ‘technical stack’ of data modeling, hardware, servers and networks. The full stack reaches much further into capital, labor and nature, and demands an enormous amount of each. The true costs of these systems – social, environmental, economic, and political – remain hidden and may stay that way for some time.
artificial_intelligence  supply_chain  extraction  geology  labor  teaching 
8 weeks ago by shannon_mattern
RT : And that’s the aim of the Anatomy of AI map and essay: to trace an outline of the bigger picture. 🗺️
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8 weeks ago by briantrice
The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources
infographic  writing 
8 weeks ago by iagor
This an astonishing, must read piece of work.
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9 weeks ago by singlecelled
A cylinder sits in a room. It is impassive, smooth, simple and small. It stands 14.8cm high, with a single blue-green circular light that traces around its upper rim. It is silently attending. A woman walks into the room, carrying a sleeping child in her arms, and she addresses the cylinder.
amazon  infrastructure  ai  artificial  intelligence  computing  panopticon  extraction 
9 weeks ago by juliantait
And that’s the aim of the Anatomy of AI map and essay: to trace an outline of the bigger picture. 🗺️
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9 weeks ago by KMcGrane
interesting - "Anatomy of an AI system"
Amazon  AI  robotics  system  infrastructure  manufacturing  tm129  anatomy  amazonEcho  design 
9 weeks ago by psychemedia
Anatomy of an AI System - The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources. By Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler (2018)
infrastructure  ai  anatomy  diagram  system  art  criticism 
9 weeks ago by e2b
una incredibile e dettagliatissima mappa di (quasi) tutte le componenti necessari per creare un sistema di Intelligenza Artificiale, dai Server al training, dal microfono agli algoritmi
ai  visualization 
9 weeks ago by mgpf
Well, that's depressing...
amazon  AI  echo  ecosystem  manufacturing  mapping  cost  anatomy  infrastructure 
9 weeks ago by asteroza
Anatomy of an AI System via Instapaper http://www.anatomyof.ai
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9 weeks ago by craniac
data, labor and non renewable resouces: Anatomical map of by
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9 weeks ago by dpwolf
Anatomy of an AI System
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9 weeks ago by Nomad93
Anatomy of an AI System
The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources
ai  amazon  echo  graph  mapping 
10 weeks ago by yhancik