‚Response-able‘ AI by utilizing Feminist STS

Corinna Bath (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

March 18th, 2022 | 11:00
Aula Alte Technik
Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz
Talk is held in English.

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Artificial intelligence, together with large amounts of data (Big Data), promises to enable previously unfeasible calculations, predictions and personalization. However, numerous examples of applications in medicine, recruiting or risk assessment indicate that AI systems can reproduce and intensify existing social inequalities and stereotypes, particularly with respect to race, gender or economic conditions. Such systems result in discrimination by AI technology (O’Neil 2016, Noble 2018, Benjamin 2019).
In my talk I will discuss case studies that illustrate such undesirable effects and analyze the underlying knowledge politics. I will, moreover, introduce to current approaches that aim to address and mitigate the discriminatory effects. Drawing on feminist science and technology studies (STS) I will critically reflect epistemological assumptions of AI endeavors, including criticism such as the intention of fair algorithms (by the computer science community) or ethic guidelines in companies and the EU. The main aim of my talk though is to unfold a theoretical understanding and practical engagement for a “response-able” (Haraway 2008, Barad 2012) socio-technical reconfiguration of AI.


Corinna Bath has held the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Professorship for Gender Studies in Engineering at TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences since 2012. She was a visiting professor at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the DFG Research Training Group "Gender as a Category of Knowledge" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 2009 to 2011. In addition, she has been co-editor of the book series "Gender Interferences" at LIT-Verlag since 2013.
She worked as a visiting professor at TU Graz from October to the end of December 2016. Her courses included "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Gender, Nature and Technology.... But Were Afraid to Ask: An Introduction to Gender Studies in STEM" and "Are Algorithms Neutral? Gendering and De-Gendering of Computational Artifacts" were held.

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