Episode 71: Anatomy of an AI System

Published: Oct. 16, 2018, 4 a.m.

Home assistants like the Amazon Echo have become increasingly common in households in the US and Europe. What is rarely seen, however, is the vast infrastructure and complex array of technology, materials, and labor needed to produce and provide these small devices. We break down an article that attempts to map out all of the myriad of inputs and trace them to the production of a simple voice command - and dive deep into the economic and ideological presuppositions which underlie their critique.



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