Salome Asega

RATs (2022)

Risk Assessment Tools are spreading rapidly and impacting many layers of decision-making, including bail and prison sentencing, welfare eligibility, medical benefits, and housing services. In all cases, it means the life-altering decisions are determined by an artificial intelligence – based on biased data, not empathy. Salome Asega taped interviews with researchers, activists and artists about the future implications of RATs in society, and will broadcast the recordings from the speakers of a rat-shaped monster truck during Nuit Blanche 2022 festival in Toronto, Canada. A version of the work is included in the MUNCH Triennale using 3D-printing and Augmented Reality.

Salome Asega (b. 1989 USA, based in Brooklyn, USA) is an artist and design researcher whose work explores the social and cultural impacts of emerging technology. She is currently director of NEW INC at the New Museum in New York, and was previously a Technology Fellow in the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression programme. Asega is a co-founder of POWRPLNT, a digital art lab in Brooklyn and she teaches speculative design courses at The New School.

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