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Digitised and Datafied Animals: Emerging Technologies and Human-Animal Entanglements

5 October 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT

Convened by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society University of Melbourne and UNSW Nodes, the Health Focus Area and the People and Institutions Programs together with the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics, University of Melbourne and the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney.

This workshop invites us to investigate the ways that human and other animal relationships are forged through processes of digitisation and datafication. From the care of the companion animal in the smart home to ‘smart’ farming, the tracking and trapping of endangered and ‘pest’ wildlife, memes, GIFs and videos, zoomorphic care robots and the conflict between delivery drones and ravens for airspace, emerging technologies such as biodigital sensors, AI and automated decision-making are increasingly configuring the intertwined lives and bodies of humans and other animals.

Presentations at this workshop will engage theoretically and methodologically with human-animal entanglements in the digital world. How are human and animal health, wellbeing, privacy, data, and sense of belonging connected and disconnected? Can we talk about ‘more-than-human’ digital wellbeing or ‘digital planetary health’? How might we investigate the potentials and harms of digitised and datafied animals? And what are the implications for practice, policies and ethics in these multispecies encounters?

Brisbane participants should note that this event starts at 12:00pm AEST


5 October 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT