The latest thinking from Dovetail Labs
Dovetail Labs Researcher Renata Barreto has published an essay on the DTL Medium channel asking how the growing role of China will influence the development of artificial intelligence in Africa and, crucially, how the discourse around Africa-China relations augers a potentially new form of Orientalism.
Dovetail Labs Founder Alexa Hagerty writes about the need for community to overcome the pernicious impacts of technological insularity: "The solution isn't to turn off our phones; it's to develop social, economic and political structures that address deeper issues of disconnection.” Read more in the Pacific Standard.
Modern ethics discourse on artificial intelligence has tended to focus on rather constrained categories of harms. Specifically, it tends to focus on mistakes and accidents. In doing so, this discourse focuses on the immediate uses of AI and neglects to consider the structural risks of AI. AI research could benefit from forms of institutional review and take social science expertise into account.
Dovetail Labs Researcher Shazeda Ahmed published an essay on Medium outlining WeChat’s new mini-program to map debtors, and the implications of this tool for relations between Chinese courts and technology partners.
At Dovetail Labs, we have developed a strategy we call Constellation Thinking™ for analyzing interactions be- tween technology, culture, and ethics. Combining on-the-ground ethnographic study with structured theoretical reflection, we examine connections between people, places, and practices.