AI & Globalization

Scarcity of non-English datasets leads to Anglocentric cultural biases. Further, AI can accelerate digital colonization and labor exploitation. AI developed and controlled by dominant corporate and political entities in the Global North can significantly impact social well-being in the Global South. There is a long history of technological fantasies of all-seeing, all-knowing machines or artifacts, such as maps of the world to symbolize possession of lands.


Kunyu quantu, or Full Map of the World, was developed by Jesuit father Ferdinand Verbiest during his mission in China in 1674. It is in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. Photo by Alexa Alice Joubin.

Generative artificial intelligence should be governed with care in order to enhance social justice.