Laboratories and AI Applications: The Sites of Knowledge Production or Commodity Manufacture


In order to maintain the social stability, healthcare, has always been an issue that governments cannot ignore. Since Bismarck implemented the social health insurance model in Germany, modern nations around the world have consistently attempted to address the problem of the uneven distribution of medical resources through systems such as healthcare systems or health insurance. Taiwan is no exception to this trend. However, new challenges have arisen after the implementation of Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) program. The availability of affordable and convenient healthcare, which has made it easy for the public to access diagnoses and treatment from physicians, has pushed Taiwanese society into an ultra-aging stage, widening the distribution gap of doctors between cities and regions. Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to be one of the potential solutions to address the aforementioned issues. However, without the imperative of COVID-19 prevention and public health governance, AI might not have necessarily evolved into a domain perceived as a 'new medicine,' valued by governments, practiced in hospitals, and embraced by the general public. This research aims to investigate the dispositif of AI applications in medicine in the society of Taiwan. This research finds that the development of the dispositif that revolves around AI applications in Taiwanese society parallels the process of 'Pasteurization' as argued by Bruno Latour in the context of French society.

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Chen-Ni Lu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Communication

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Lu C. (2023) Laboratories and AI Applications: The Sites of Knowledge Production or Commodity Manufacture ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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