08 : Weeklylinks

Where the cloud meets the earth

A selection of interesting links from our feeds

by Ali Fard

An ongoing research project unpacking the geography of the cloud, from rare-mineral mines and submarine cables to data centers and their associated energy projects.

Will green technology kill Chile's deserts?
Source: The Guardian

“For many years now we’ve tried to make the Chilean state understand that the salt flat is dying and that concerns the whole of humanity. But they don’t understand that. They only see energy.”

Anatomy of an AI System
by Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler

A detailed diagram and accompanying essay mapping everything that powers an Amazon Echo from material resources to human labour and data.