Under the banner “AI (artificial intelligence) for good,” new technologies are becoming more and more central to the agendas of global and regional institutions, as technologies to be embraced and regulated at the same time. This is indicated by the 2018 UN Secretary General’s Strategy on New Technology,1 and by the most recent European Commission proposal to regulate artificial intelligence systems.2 In this essay, I discuss how anthropology and its ethnographic method could contribute to our understanding of the AI-turn in global governance, by shedding greater light on the effects that the use of this technology has for society, the work of institutions, and the production and application of international law. I argue that engaging ethnographically with AI techniques and knowledge could also bring about a transformation in governance, policy-making, and anthropological theory.

Anthropology and the AI-Turn in Global Governance / M. Sapignoli. - In: AJIL UNBOUND. - ISSN 2398-7723. - 115:(2021), pp. 294-298. [10.1017/aju.2021.38]

Anthropology and the AI-Turn in Global Governance

M. Sapignoli
2021

Abstract

Under the banner “AI (artificial intelligence) for good,” new technologies are becoming more and more central to the agendas of global and regional institutions, as technologies to be embraced and regulated at the same time. This is indicated by the 2018 UN Secretary General’s Strategy on New Technology,1 and by the most recent European Commission proposal to regulate artificial intelligence systems.2 In this essay, I discuss how anthropology and its ethnographic method could contribute to our understanding of the AI-turn in global governance, by shedding greater light on the effects that the use of this technology has for society, the work of institutions, and the production and application of international law. I argue that engaging ethnographically with AI techniques and knowledge could also bring about a transformation in governance, policy-making, and anthropological theory.
Settore M-DEA/01 - Discipline Demoetnoantropologiche
Dipartimenti di Eccellenza 2018-2022 - Dipartimento di FILOSOFIA
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