Book launch: Is AI Good for the Planet? by Benedetta Brevini
Author Benedetta Brevini will join us for a talk and Q+A session on her new book, “Is AI Good for the Planet?”
Book Launch: IS AI GOOD FOR THE PLANET? By Benedetta Brevini
Please join us for a talk by author Benedetta Brevini, followed by a Q+A session.
This public event is jointly organised by the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab (ANU Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School, CNRS Lamsade and DIMACS, Rutgers University) and the ANU School of Sociology.
About the book:
We often think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a thing of the immediate future. We are constantly bombarded by slogans of AI coming to change our life, whether we like it or not. We are reassured it will be a better life. A better capitalism. A better environment. From smart devices, to home voice assistants, image recognition and translation, AI is offered as the solution to the greatest challenges of this age. This portrayal of AI as a benevolent deity has a crucial effect: it obfuscates the materiality of the infrastructures and devices that are central to its functioning. In her new book “Is AI good for the planet?” (Polity, 2021) Benedetta Brevini asks us to think about AI in a different, and more material way than most of us have in the past.