Algorithms, Scale, Speed, and the Labor of Logistics

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

“Algorithms, Scale, Speed, and the Labor of Logistics” is one of two public panel conversations that are part of the “Making the ‘Future of Work’ work” workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation.

VIEW THE LIVE STREAM on June 1 at 11:15 am.

Panel Description

Digital labor regimes have infiltrated various processes from global logistics and supply chains to mass production and mechanic work. Scale, speed, and acceleration are key to these processes of increasing algorithmic control (simultaneously critiqued and celebrated). What are the cracks, frictions, and gaps in this seemingly all-subsuming finance capitalism? How might we have to rearticulate what counts as solidarity and collective organizing to counter distributed, isolating, and large-scale structures of control? How can we intervene in the persistent techno-optimism that live on in contemporary engineering and design?

Presenters: Alessandro Delfanti, Vicky Hattam, Margaret Jack, Noopur Raval
Discussants: Silvia Lindtner & Christian Sandvig

This workshop is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Convergence HTF – Future of Work, Award #1744359 (PI Lindtner); Making “The Future of Work” Work: A Convergence Workshop on Experiments in Tech Work-Maker Culture, Coworking, Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship & Digital Labor.

Note: This event begins at 11:15 and concludes at 12:45.

The public is welcome to attend and the event will be live-streamed.