Today, our life and routine revolve around artificial intelligence. From putting wake-up alarms on mobile phones to communicating overseas through social media platforms, our life has been very tightly knit around AI. Knowingly or unknowingly, we have become mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and to some extent physically dependent on AI.
On the one hand, we do not know that AI is smoothening our lives, but the environment is paying a huge cost. This issue has very subtly been raised in the book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics and Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, written by Kate Crawford.
Kate has very masterfully argued in this book that Artificial Intelligence is neither artificial nor intelligent. A thought-provoking book, Atlas of AI, provides data on which machines are trained and their impact on human lives.
Let us take a sneak peek into what Kate has to say in the book.
Do you really think that Artificial Intelligence is really artificial? Well no. Award-winning scholar Kate Crawford describes in the book that AI is a technology of extraction from nature. Extraction of minerals, timeless working of low-wage labor, and data collection from every action and expression.
Kate has given a different perspective to AI other than codes and algorithms. She has discussed the political impact, the inequality, a shift towards undemocratic governance, and how AI centralizes power. In the book, she tours us through the mines, factories, and vast data collection centers that are needed to make AI work. She explains where AI is failing us and what can be done about it.
After more than a decade of research, she bluntly states how new methods in AI reflect the beliefs and perspectives of a small group of people and use them for the benefit of a large number of people, at the expense of many.
This book gives a perfect elaboration of how AI is damaging the environment.
Since we all are a part of this, using AI so extensively in our daily lives, this book is surely worth reading.
Kate Crawford is a leading scholar on the implications of AI on social and political scenarios. Her work includes critical visual design and collaborative art projects. She has co-founded the AI Now Institute at New York University. She is among the few to advise the United Nations, Federal Trade Commission, European Parliament, and the White House. Her academic research has been published in various journals. She has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, etc.
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An artist by heart and a writer by profession, Prachi is a vivacious reader. She believes in hard work and her dedication has never let her down. She puts her heart and soul in everthing she does. Though life has not been a bed of roses for her, she affirms that the best way to live it is to maintain an equillibrium between the tunes of life.