Critical AI

Welcome to the blog site for Critical AI, a new interdisciplinary journal based at Rutgers University’s Center for Cultural Analysis, affiliated with the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, and published with Duke University Press. Critical AI began as an interdisciplinary initiative at Rutgers University, organized and led by a steering committee. The blog hosted on this site includes research, reviews, and commentary by interdisciplinary scholars in a wide range of AI-adjacent fields, as well as posts by faculty and students affiliated with the Critical AI @ Rutgers initiative. We also archive posts on, and videos from, our online events including our NEH-sponsored workshops with Australian National University.

To learn more about Critical AI @ Rutgers and our current activities, see this RU website

To learn more about the journal, please email us.

Though rooted in critical methods from the humanities, social sciences, and arts, Critical AI works with technologists, scientists, economists, policy makers, health professionals, teachers, community organizers, legislators, lawyers, and entrepreneurs who share the understanding of interdisciplinary research as a powerful tool for building and implementing accountable technology in the public interest. Open to ideas born of new interdisciplinary alliances; design justice principles; antiracist, decolonial, and democratic political practices; community-centered collaborations; experimental pedagogies; and public outreach, Critical AI functions as a space for the production of knowledge, research endeavors, teaching ideas, and public humanities that bears on the ongoing history of machine technologies and their place in the world. Critical AI is legible to scholars across disciplines as well as to interested readers outside the academy. At the broadest level, its mission is to widen circles of scholarship across disciplines and national borders, encourage informed citizens, and activate a democratic culture through which the research, implementation, and evaluation of digital technologies is undertaken in dialogue with scholars, students, citizens, communities, policy makers, and the public at large.