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Kate Crawford

Leading AI Scholar, Author - Panelist Blurb

Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social, political, and ecological implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Research Professor at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in New York, and the inaugural Abeona Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in France. Crawford leads the Knowing Machines Project, an international research collaboration about the epistemic foundations of machine learning.

Over her twenty-year career, Crawford also produced groundbreaking creative collaborations and visual investigations. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler won the Beazley Design of the Year Award, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen, Excavating AI, won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science.

Crawford's latest book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence was described as “a fascinating history of data” by The New Yorker, a “timely and urgent contribution” by Science, and was named one of the best books of the year by both The Financial Times and New Scientist. In June, Atlas of AI won the Best Information Science book award from the Association for Information Science and Technology.