DUOClément de Gaulejac & Pascale Lehoux

Making Visible the Invisible in AI-Ship: Reflections about the Visual Arts and Responsible Innovation in Health
– Pascale Lehoux –

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Probing the emotional, symbolic and relational dimensions at the heart of AI-ship research, the goal of this essay is to reflect on the ways in which the visual arts may help to reveal and make more tangible the transformative power of AI systems and tools to the publics. The reflections shared in this essay stem from a dialogue between the author and a visual artist-researcher, Clément de Gaulejac, who plays on language to deconstruct public discourses about social, political and economic issues. Our dialogue revolved around what current discourses on AI foreground and what they typically leave in the background. For instance, the large infrastructures (e.g., inter-operable datasets, computational centers, data farms) that AI needs to deliver its promises are typically left off the critical hook and made invisible.

To foreground this duality, de Gaulejac created an installation with an inscription that forces one to search for what is missing: “AI solves problems but doesn’t have any.” In this essay, I draw from Responsible Innovation in Health to refocus our attention on what lies beyond people’s immediate experience of AI-ship: the powerful entrepreneurial dynamics that fuel the development of AI-based tools in healthcare. If one considers that data is the “oil of 21st century,” there is an urgent need to explicitly and collectively address: 1) the commercial drivers that make AI-ship possible; and 2) the tangible impacts of AI deployment on the environment, social inequalities and power asymmetries. The visual arts may thus become an important ally.