❮Reading❯ ➺ Life by Algorithms ➲ Author Catherine Besteman – Bluevapours.co.uk Computerized processes are everywhere in our society They are the automated phone messaging systems that businesses use to screen calls; the link between student standardized test scores and public sc Computerized processes are everywhere in our society They are the automated Life by PDF or phone messaging systems that businesses use to screen calls; the link between student standardized test scores and public schools’ access to resources; the algorithms that regulate patient diagnoses and reimbursements to doctors The storage sorting and analysis of massive amounts of information have enabled the automation of decision making at an unprecedented level Meanwhile computers have offered a model of cognition that increasingly shapes our approach to the world The proliferation of “roboprocesses” is the result as editors Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson observe in this rich and wide ranging volume which features contributions from a distinguished cast of scholars in anthropology communications international studies and political science Although automatic processes are designed to be engines of rational systems the stories in Life by Algorithms reveal how they can in fact produce absurd inflexible or even dangerous outcomes Joining the call for “algorithmic transparency” the contributors bring exceptional sensitivity to everyday sociality into their critiue to better understand how the perils of modern technology affect finance medicine education housing the workplace food production public space and emotions—not as separate problems but as linked manifestations of a deeper defect in the fundamental ordering of our society.
- 224 pages
- Life by Algorithms
- Catherine Besteman
- 14 July 2016 Catherine Besteman