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Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on understanding large-scale data systems in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a research professor at USC Annenberg and senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research Lab–New York City (MSR-NYC), and she holds the inaugural visiting chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.
Her work also includes collaborative projects and visual investigations. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler won the 2019 Beazley Design of the Year Award and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen produced Training Humans, the first major exhibition of the images used to train AI systems. Their investigative essay, Excavating AI, won the 2019 Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science.
Dr. Crawford’s latest book, Atlas of AI, was published by Yale University Press in April 2021. It has been described as “timely and urgent” by Science, and MIT Technology Review notes that it “seeks to stretch our understanding of [artificial intelligence] by unveiling how narrowly we’ve viewed and defined it.”