Month: June 2024

AI Job Displacement: Perspectives on the Future of Work From Beneath the Silicon Ceiling

AI Job Displacement: Perspectives on the Future of Work From Beneath the Silicon Ceiling


Following a day-long, company-wide “workplace culture” workshop for a Silicon Valley startup that creates and oversees mental health care chatbots (pseudonym: The Startup), I find myself sitting on an upholstered bench tucked into an out-of-the-way corner of a WeWork in Northern California. I’m an anthropologist of artificial intelligence conducting participant observation research at The Startup, […]
Vital Circulations and Circuits: Reflections around vitality and the biopolitical regulation of its flows

Vital Circulations and Circuits: Reflections around vitality and the biopolitical regulation of its flows


Most of us probably feel well-schooled in the nature of respiratory viruses after a blistering global pandemic and frequent news items of the latest outbreak of another strain of COVID-19 or influenza. For many, a headache, a sneeze, or a new and persistent cough directs our attention within and across the circulations that simultaneously sustain […]