Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 219. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-08-30 05:59:50+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: Iyad Rahwan Is the Anthropologist of Artificial Intelligence | Quanta Magazine Thanks to Bill Benzon I've come across an article on someone with anthropological inclinations who proposes to do an ethnography of AI systems: Iyad Rahwan, Director of the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (https://www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de, Berlin). The article may be found at https://www.quantamagazine.org/iyad-rahwan-is-the-anthropologist-of-artificial- intelligence-20190826?fbclid=IwAR0tc24MD4tlcS2jVChaKbbQnLNKwvfIbUJGN261BQa2CM- oyhAtCAxjeNA and note the article in Nature to which the above refers, Iyad Rahwan et al, "Machine behaviour". Nature 568 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1138-y) His work may well be worth watching. Of course AI is all the rage, and often 'AI' seems little more than handwaving at something or other. What seems promising to me here is the anthropological perspective, which in this case just may work somewhat to discourage the assumption that the entities being observed are on the way to being like ourselves. Their defamiliarising otherness is important for all sorts of reasons. Comments? Yours, WM _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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