Resisting AI: An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence

McQuillan, Daniel. 2022. Resisting AI: An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence. Bristol: Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529213492 [Book]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, yet it causes damage to society in ways that can’t be fixed. Instead of helping to address our current crises, AI causes divisions that limit people’s life chances, and even suggests fascistic solutions to social problems. This book provides an analysis of AI’s deep learning technology and its political effects and traces the ways that it resonates with contemporary political and social currents, from global austerity to the rise of the far right.

Dan McQuillan calls for us to resist AI as we know it and restructure it by prioritising the common good over algorithmic optimisation. He sets out an anti-fascist approach to AI that replaces exclusions with caring, proposes people’s councils as a way to restructure AI through mutual aid and outlines new mechanisms that would adapt to changing times by supporting collective freedom.

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AI, resistance, necropolitics, fascism, conviviality, critical pedagogy, people's councils

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15 July 2022

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05 Mar 2024 14:23

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05 Mar 2024 14:23


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