The last decade has seen a proliferation of journalistic reportages, monographies and academic papers analyzing algorithmic systems and artificial intelligence from a critical perspective. This article reviews four books published in 2018, not yet translated in Italian. They all share the same topic, that is, the socio-political implications of intelligent machines and automating systems. Based on the joint reading of these contributions, The conclusion discusses a series of research directions for a sociology of algorithms. That is: demystifying the code; contextualizing the algorithm; historicizing technology; examining user-machine interactions.

Lo spettro dell’algoritmo e le scienze sociali. prospettive critiche su macchine intelligenti e automazione delle disuguaglianze [The ghost of the algorithm and the social sciences. Critical perspectives on intelligent machines and the automation of inequalities] / M. Airoldi. - In: POLIS. - ISSN 1120-9488. - 34:1(2020 Apr), pp. 111-127. [10.1424/96442]

Lo spettro dell’algoritmo e le scienze sociali. prospettive critiche su macchine intelligenti e automazione delle disuguaglianze [The ghost of the algorithm and the social sciences. Critical perspectives on intelligent machines and the automation of inequalities]

M. Airoldi
2020-04

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The last decade has seen a proliferation of journalistic reportages, monographies and academic papers analyzing algorithmic systems and artificial intelligence from a critical perspective. This article reviews four books published in 2018, not yet translated in Italian. They all share the same topic, that is, the socio-political implications of intelligent machines and automating systems. Based on the joint reading of these contributions, The conclusion discusses a series of research directions for a sociology of algorithms. That is: demystifying the code; contextualizing the algorithm; historicizing technology; examining user-machine interactions.
Algorithm; Artificial intelligence; Social inequalities; Sociology; Technology
Settore SPS/08 - Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
18-nov-2019
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