Topics: Social Change
Science and Technology
Regional focus: Europe
North America
Origin: Australia
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Research Professor at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Crawford has spent two decades researching large-scale data systems, machine learning and AI. Her award-winning book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence has been named one of the best books of 2021 by The Financial Times and New Scientist, and was described as "fascinating" by The New Yorker, "trenchant" by the New York Review of Books, and a “timely and urgent contribution” by Science.

She has advised policy makers in the White House, the UN, and she is a member of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) advisory panel. Kate has also created collaborative projects with major artists around the world. Her project Excavating AI with Trevor Paglen won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science. Anatomy of an AI System, a large scale visualization and essay by Vladan Joler and Crawford depicting the full lifecycle of an Amazon Echo, won the Beazley Design of the Year Award and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the V&A in London.

Last updated: 2023