Meet Mary Gray -
Mary Gray

Mary Gray

Senior Researcher Microsoft Research


Using the tools of anthropology and critical media studies, Mary Gray looks at how material conditions and everyday uses of technologies transform people’s lives, particularly in places where technological access is hard to come by. Mary's previous books focused on how LGBTQ young people, particularly in the rural U.S., use the Internet to make themselves visible to local communities and to connect to LGBTQ communities around the world.

Mary's most recent book, "Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass," co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, explores the lives of people paid to train artificial intelligence and, increasingly, serve as “humans in the loop” delivering on-demand services.

More recently, Mary has turned her attention to the emerging field of AI and ethics, focusing on research methods that bring computer and social sciences together and call for us to practice respect, justice, beneficence, and mutuality as expressions of our professional obligations to science and society.

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