14 min

RISD Debates in AI: Brian Merchant RISD Debates in AI

    • Arts

In this episode you’ll hear from the writer Brian Merchant who was the first Debates in AI panel, “What’s Work Got to Do With It?” Brian Merchant, a technology journalist and former tech columnist at the LA Times, is widely recognized for his insightful analysis of automation, labor and technology’s environmental impact. Merchant is author of the bestselling The One Device (Little, Brown and Company, 2017) and most recently Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech (Little, Brown and Company, 2023). This new book explores the Luddites’ misunderstood uprising and the modern implications of tech deployment. In addition to writing for prominent publications, Merchant founded Terraform, VICE’s speculative fiction site. He shares updates and discussions on technology’s societal impact through his newsletter, offering a critical perspective on who technology serves and its broader consequences.
To watch talks from the two-day symposium, head over to AI-Debates.risd.edu. You can also listen to each of them wherever you find your podcasts. Support for the event was from the Divisions of Liberal Arts, Experimental and Foundation Studies, and Architecture & Design, as well as the Fleet Library and the Center for Arts and Language. Thank you to our largest contributor, the Center for Complexity and the RISD 2050 Fund for kicking off this important conversation.
Audio produced by Andrew Grant, Marisa Mazria Katz and Bilal Qureshi
Music: "Imagery" and "Last Night" by Xylo-Ziko

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In this episode you’ll hear from the writer Brian Merchant who was the first Debates in AI panel, “What’s Work Got to Do With It?” Brian Merchant, a technology journalist and former tech columnist at the LA Times, is widely recognized for his insightful analysis of automation, labor and technology’s environmental impact. Merchant is author of the bestselling The One Device (Little, Brown and Company, 2017) and most recently Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech (Little, Brown and Company, 2023). This new book explores the Luddites’ misunderstood uprising and the modern implications of tech deployment. In addition to writing for prominent publications, Merchant founded Terraform, VICE’s speculative fiction site. He shares updates and discussions on technology’s societal impact through his newsletter, offering a critical perspective on who technology serves and its broader consequences.
To watch talks from the two-day symposium, head over to AI-Debates.risd.edu. You can also listen to each of them wherever you find your podcasts. Support for the event was from the Divisions of Liberal Arts, Experimental and Foundation Studies, and Architecture & Design, as well as the Fleet Library and the Center for Arts and Language. Thank you to our largest contributor, the Center for Complexity and the RISD 2050 Fund for kicking off this important conversation.
Audio produced by Andrew Grant, Marisa Mazria Katz and Bilal Qureshi
Music: "Imagery" and "Last Night" by Xylo-Ziko

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

14 min

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