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AI and interdisciplinary Futures Anthropology 
Sarah Pink (Monash University)
Emma Quilty (Monash University)
Debora Lanzeni (Monash University)
Kari Dahlgren (Monash University)
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Thursday 9 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel creates an Interdisciplinary Futures focused AI Anthropology, whereby anthropologists might collaborate and shift the narratives in futures-focused spaces where other disciplines currently dominate.

Long Abstract:

The panel calls for papers, films and other media from anthropologists interested in creating a new Interdisciplinary Futures focused AI Anthropology. AI is becoming an inevitable part of life and we need to develop new capacities for anthropologists to work in interdisciplinary futures-focused spaces where other disciplines feel at ease. Our ambition is to develop a high profile publication based on this panel.

We wish to engage in, contest and shift dominant discourses where AI inhabits a future shaped and visioned by techno-solutionist politics and capital flows. Here futures are visioned through existing and anticipated engineering advances in AI capacity, the rise of the consultancies' (Shore & Wright) predictive audits which frame AI as a techno-solution to societal, industry and policy problems, and the short-termist visions of governments complicit in digital capitalism. This context is underpinned by an extractivist approach to ethics, which assumes that if future autonomous, intelligent and connected technologies (eg. such as self-driving cars, digital assistants, robotic workers) are invested with human ethics then people will trust, accept and adopt them, thus enabling predicted futures.

The panel will bring together anthropologists with ambitions to participate theoretically, ethnographically, experimentally and interventionally in interdisciplinary and multistakeholder spaces where futures are envisioned. We are open to different ways of approaching this, but seek to build an engaged and interdisciplinary Futures Anthropology (Pink & Salazar 2017) to undertake anthropology with and in possible futures, to interrogate AI ethics, and which has an ethics of anthropological care and responsibility at its core.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 9 June, 2022, -