27-03-2020 09:30 - 28-03-2020 9:00


Stagione Alternativa 2019/2020

Research Observatory: Jobless Society Platform

Conference: Unboxing AI

The sessions will be held entirely in English
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In association with
ENDL European Network on Digital Labour
NEXA Center for Internet & Society

Job erosion, biased recruitment algorithms, safety risks: today many are drawing attention to the consequences of artificial intelligence on the job market. But what are the material conditions of AI production? Who are the multitudes of precarious workers generating data and operating algorithms? What are the geographical areas and the social scope of the work required to produce intelligent technologies? In what way do beliefs, cultures and values of those who design and implement artificial intelligence solutions influence the use of these technologies?

The conference Unboxing AI seeks to open the black box of artificial intelligence to allow the hidden, neglected or hushed-up aspects of the technological revolution to emerge.

Curated by and with Antonio Casilli,Telecom Paris, France.



27th March 2020

Opening session
9:00-9:30 am

9:30-9:45 am
Formal Welcome

9:45-10:00 am
Antonio Casilli, Telecom Paris, France
Who framed AI?

Introductory Lecture
10:00-11:00 am
Janine Berg, International Labour Organization, ILO, Switzerland
Automation and Artificial Intelligence at work

Session 1 – SPACES

11:00-11:45 am
Andrea Miconi, IULM Milan, Italy
Digital Surplus

11:45 am -12.30 pm
Nick Couldry, London School of Economics, LSE, United Kingdom
Data colonialism
Ivana Pais, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy

Session 2 – BODIES
2.15-3:00 pm
Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
Mediating the human body in AI creation

3.00-3.45 pm
Phoebe Moore, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
AI and corporeality in the quantified workplace

Antonio Santangelo, University of Turin, Italy

Session 3 – MATTER
4:15-5:00 pm
Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto, Canada
Boxing AI at Amazon fulfilment centres

5:00-5:45 pm
Baruch Gottlieb, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
Digital materialism

Paola Tubaro, National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, France

28th March 2020

Opening session

9:00-09:15 am
Julian Posada, University of Toronto, Canada

Session 4 – Presentation of new international research
The players in a platform economy 

9:15-10:45 am
Vicky Kluzik, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Seeing like a platform

Kai-Hsing Hung, HEC Montreal, Canada
Data workers in India

Idil Galip, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Digital patronage

Juan Carlos De Martin, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Elinor Wahal, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay, France

Session 5 – Presentation of new international research
New dimensions of work digitalization

11:15 am -12:45 pm

Lou Brandner, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Freelance Creative Labour

Saverio Minardi, University of Trento, Italy
Labor replacing technologies and labor market inequalities

Jonathan Gruber, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Algorithmic skills for digital labour

Andrea Fumagalli, University of Pavia, Italy

Gemma Newlands, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Final Lecture

12:45-1:30 pm
Jeremias Adams-Prassl, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Automating HR: new liabilities, new worker protections

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