Friction in data labour: prisoners training AI

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitKutsuesitelmä


In this talk, I use the notion of friction (Tsing 2005) to examine human data labour that keeps AI-based automation running. I will discuss an unconventional case of data labour: Finnish prisoners producing training data for a local artificial intelligence company. At first glance, prison data labour is ‘ghost work’ – now a recognized form of low paid click work. In light of friction, however, we are dealing with the local and situational variations of data labour: how high-tech development can be married with humane penal policies and rehabilitative aspirations. The Finnish data labour case highlights how the notion of friction aids in uncovering contradictory value aims and opening novel ways of exploring processes of automation.
Aikajakso23 helmik. 2022
PidettyDiPLab (Digital Platform Labor), Ranska
Tunnustuksen arvoKansainvälinen