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Histories of Artificial Intelligence: A Genealogy of Power


Di Wu is a PhD student at the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) program at MIT. Her objective is to conduct an oral history project on the hidden labour of persons with disabilities in China's AI industry. The histories of AI data work have briefly documented the presence of persons with disabilities in the global crowdwork industry. Through oral history and ethnographic fieldwork, she will explore how people with disabilities are explicitly marketed as data labour for AI in China; how particular bodies and cognitions are valued or devalued by data work; and how the participation of disabled workers reconfigures certain technological choices made by the AI data industry.

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