Valerie Black

Valerie Black is a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and disability studies scholar who studies human-AI relationality. She currently lectures in the School of Public Health and the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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, […]