Statistics and contact-tracing applications bear the promise to “master” the COVID-19 crisis — but which systems of power do they actually uphold?

Every evening, in this brief moment of silence before going to bed, I pick up my phone and search “Coronavirus” on Google. I know I shouldn’t do it…


Ich durfte am Montag beim Deutschlandforum des vom Deutschen Städte- und Gemeindebundes initiierten Innovators Club über Ethik, Kommunalpolitik und Digitalisierung sprechen. Das ist mein Vortrag.

Guten Abend und vielen Dank für die Einladung zum 22. Deutschlandforum unter dem Motto “Wagemut — Neue Wege für Kommunen”. Ich darf Ihnen in den…


Seventh part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Fictional Futures and Surreal Tomorrows

“… you must admit that whatever you and your civilization are, is due to me — insomuch that if I had not had this dream you would have had no existence whatever.” …


Sixth part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Artificial Intelligence is a Delusion

Contrary to the promises of socially imagining AI as a tool or as an assistant, the social imaginary of AI as a delusion creates interesting tensions and contradictions: other social actors are conceived…


Fifth part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Artificial Intelligence is a Tool

One social imaginary that emerged in this research is that machine learning engineers envision AI as a tool. To see a technology as a tool is a relatively common-sense view in the history…


Fourth part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Why Notions of Imagination Matter in Current AI Research

AI is nothing new. The term was coined in the 1950s during the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence, where a relatively homogenous group of young white men tried to simulate the…


Third part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Engineers are Integral Parts in the Shaping of an Innovation

Investigating technologies from a social constructivist view, and seeing them as outcomes of social actions (Dourish & Bell, 2011), demands an examination of the social actors of these actions. As Donald MacKenzie (1996)…


Second part of the research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

Of Dreams, Machines and Ecosystems

Shortly after the First World War, a young scientist called Arthur Tansley had a dream of killing his wife in an African village. Frightened by his nightmare, he wanted to understand the deeper…


Why we Need to Acknowledge the Power of Imagination in the Creation and Legitimisation of Artificial Intelligence.
A research project on the social imaginaries of artificial intelligence of machine learning engineers.

After the radio, the light bulb and the Internet, artificial intelligence has become the latest technology that mobilises social…


The technological connected society is exposed to a new logic of surveillance capitalism and social inequality — derived from widespread datafication. In this research essay I examine what the best activist response to this logic is. …

Katrin Fritsch

sustainable tech / feminist futures / data + society / visions of nature + ecologies / co-founder MOTIF Institute / @KatrinFritsch

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