Articles | Volume 77, issue 2
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20 May 2022
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Das tansanische Reisfeld als lebendes Labor? Eigenlogiken des Übersetzungsprozesses einer technologiezentrierten Pilotstudie in ein Agrarentwicklungsprojekt

Astrid Matejcek

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My ethnographic work in a technological pilot project in southern Tanzania provides insights into the test of an AI system to foster agriculture based on digital information in order to boost the development of rural areas. The experimental combination of a development project and the testing of a digital technology perpetuates the metaphor of Tilley's "Africa as a living laboratory", especially in the postcolonial context, and calls for a critical approach to these ventures.