Author: Victoria Mummelthei

ai and the Middle East, The Algorithmic Ghosts of Empires Past

When we talk about artificial intelligence in the Middle East, we cannot untangle it from the region’s long and tumultuous history with power – the lingering spectres of colonialism, the brutalities of military occupation, the revolving hierarchies of ethnic and sectarian oppression. AI does not exist in a vacuum, but…

ai and the Middle East, data and the Middle East

In the ‘Data’ chapter, Crawford highlights how datasets used to train AI systems often decontextualize and dehumanize the people and cultures represented, treating them as mere ‘raw data’ to be extracted. From a Middle Eastern cultural studies perspective, how might we analyze this ‘extractive logic of data’ playing out in…

ai and the Middle East, Laboring Under Old Hierarchies: AI’s Fraught Inheritance in the Middle East

Kate Crawford’s incisive analysis in the “Labor” chapter of Atlas of AI reveals how technologies like artificial intelligence carry forward long-standing logics of exploitation inherent to industrial capitalism. When viewed through this lens, the Middle East emerges as a region where AI’s impact on labor is inseparable from enduring historical…
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