080 Karen Hao and the AI decolonization

Credit: Tony Luong

Karen Hao is a former senior AI editor at MIT Technology Review, covering the field’s cutting-edge research and its impacts on society, who is now working for the Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining the publication, she was a tech reporter and data scientist at Quartz and an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Google X.

We sat down with her to discuss her investigative series on AI decolonization, the media framing of the tech and AI industry and the differences between the USA, EU and China approach to AI implementations.

Citizen D advice:

  • Tech is political – we need political solutions for tech issues
  • Tech is not neutral – developer’s values matter
  • AI needs strict regulatory measures and effective execution

More information:

  • MIT Technology Review: AI Colonialism – series
  • Decolonial AI: Decolonial Theory as Sociotechnical Foresight in Artificial Intelligence – paper
  • Algorithmic Colonization of Africa – article
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Feminist Decolonial Imagination – article

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