Automation and Social Futures

Automation and Social Futures engages with the ethical, political, social, organisational, cultural and governance implications of machine learning, algorithmic decision-making and digital infrastructures. 

The research will investigate the intersection of technology and the human experience, using methods ranging from data analytics to close level ethnographic approaches. 

Possible areas of investigation include the complex interrelations between technology design and technologies in use; social media platforms; ethics and future automation of memory and heritage practices; impact of algorithms on identity; deep fakes and disinformation campaigns; autonomous vehicles; smart city infrastructures; blockchain as infrastructure; supply chain systems.

This program places strong focus on building better potential futures for our communities by critically examining the politics and ethics behind both norms and governance around automated decision-making systems, especially important in times of continuous and rapid change. 



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