Seminar: Khalid Kadir on the Political Economy of Artificial Intelligence in Cities

27 October 2020 16:30 till 17:30 - By: Webredactie

Abstract: We all want the future to be better than the present, and many of us would like to be a part of making that happen. However, sometimes in our attempts to build that better future we lose sight of who that future is for and what is being lost with the changes we so quickly usher in. Embedded in our projects to program the cities of the future, “smart” cities, are technologies that have deep implications for wealth and its distribution, as well as power and its concentration. In this seminar we’ll discuss some of the values that are built into smart cities through the application of machine learning technologies, and consider for whom we are building these cities. Building more inclusive, democratic cities will require us to recenter our work around socio-political, not technical, questions. Such an undertaking will pose epistemological challenges to the engineering status-quo. Moreover, it will require us to face institutional and personal challenges as well, as we will have to confront our own positions of power and privilege in society. This process, however, is essential if we are serious about contributing to a more just, equitable future. 

Bio: Khalid Kadir is the Provost and a Professor at Presidio Graduate School as well as a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, he teaches courses in the Global Poverty & Practice program, Political Economy, and the College of Engineering. After completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Berkeley, Khalid focused his research on the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation, and his current work focuses on the intersection of poverty, expertise, and politics. He is a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley’s most prestigious honor for teaching.

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