We formed Dovetail Labs because we believe that academic social science needs to have a voice in discussions regarding the impacts and ethical implications of emerging technology. Our goal is to bring the insights of real, rigorous anthropology to questions of how technology is developed and implemented. We aim to share these insights with integrity and clarity, with the companies developing this technology. Our obligation lies with the numerous stakeholders involved with these technologies - not just partner organizations and end users but also nonprofits, government and society more broadly.
We are an independent consulting company. We work with companies, universities, foundations and non-profit organizations to help them better understand real and pressing issues that they are in a unique and powerful position to address. Our stance is that we have an ethical obligation to clearly communicate the insights of a critical, theoretically-sophisticated and methodologically-informed anthropology with those actors who are developing the technologies that are shaping the social worlds we live in.
Our goal is to bring the critical insights of anthropology to questions of how technology is developed and implemented.
There is already ample evidence that emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and its applications, have the capacity to re-entrench social and economic disparity. We believe that social scientists have an ethical obligation to bring our knowledge directly to bear on existing socio-technical systems, and those under development, to help mitigate their harms and extend their benefits.