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Defuturing Artificial Intelligence

Considering the Post-Digital Era and Life After Big Tech

Defuturing is a design philosophy premised on negation. In this paper I offer a defuturing account of artificial intelligence (AI) that illustrates why structural dependencies on mass digital infrastructure may prove, over time, to be incompatible with both representative democracy and global ecological lifeworlds. My account is historical in nature. I foreground the roots of solidarity between coalitions who currently suffer under, or seek to reverse, structural dependencies on digital instruments (e.g., workers, young people, the incarcerated, climate activists). I argue for spaces that are anti-computational by design, particularly civic spaces. By dignifying and articulating futures wherein the revolutionary phase of information technologies has already passed (e.g. post-digital futures), I acknowledge an emerging counterculture for decomputerisation—and one that illuminates the logic of degrowth. I celebrate, in a way, that the future may not be digital after all.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 10:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-KC-Cres
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Technology and science for degrowth


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