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Food Tank | 01.08.18

Robotics and Automation Are Transforming Food System Labor

Madeleine Clare Elish

AI is starting to transform the workplace, especially in the agricultural industry. D&S researcher Madeleine Elish explained in Food Tank how AI systems often render the human role invisible.

“’One of the findings in aviation and across the board is that…you automate one process, but to fully integrate the automation into a larger organizational process, it requires people to patch it over,’ she explains. ‘And often that ‘edge work’ that is done outside of the automated system, that gets made invisible. When it’s made invisible, that work is undervalued.’”

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