The Quantified Worker, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Ai.Humanity Professor of Law and Ethics, Founding Director of the AI and the Law Program, Emory Law School

Sep. 19, 2023
12:10PM - 1:30PM
SLB Room 128
Open to the YLS Community Only

The information revolution has ushered in a data-driven reorganization of the workplace.  AI technologies are now used to surveil workers and to shift risk. Workplace wellness programs appraise our health. Personality job tests calibrate our mental state. The monitoring of social media and surveillance of the workplace measure our social behavior. With rich historical sources and contemporary examples, The Quantified Worker explores how the workforce science of today goes far beyond increasing efficiency and threatens to erase individual personhood. With exhaustive detail, Ifeoma Ajunwa shows how different forms of worker quantification are enabled, facilitated, and driven by technological advances. Timely and eye-opening, The Quantified Worker advocates for changes in the law that will mitigate the ill-effects of the modern workplace.

Ifeoma Ajunwa, J.D., Ph.D., the author of The Quantified Worker, is the Ai.Humanity Professor of Law and Ethics and the Founding Director of the AI and the Law Program at Emory Law School. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Professor Ajunwa has received several awards and fellowships including: The National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar,  and the Derrick Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools. Ajunwa’s scholarly articles have been published in both top law review and peer reviewed publications. She has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress (Committee on  Education and Labor) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC), and has served as a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences. Professor Ajunwa is an engaged public intellectual with an extensive list of bylines. She has published op-eds in the New York Times, Nature, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Slate and The Atlantic, among others. Her research and legal commentary have been featured by media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Guardian, and the BBC. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She has consulted for or served as Advisory Board member for Fortune 500 Tech companies. You can follow her at: @iajunwa (twitter, mastodon, and bluesky).

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