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Humanist Archives: May 2, 2023, 6:49 a.m. Humanist 36.565 - beyond social impact

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 565.
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        Date: 2023-05-01 09:57:24+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: beyond social impact

> Research in academic and non-academic fields alike often talks about
> “social impacts” in such broad terms that they leave doubts about the
> openness of its perspective: the “social” is just something to be
> taken care of. On the contrary, society is much more than a passive
> recipient of the transformations carried out by inevitable
> technological development. As Dourish and Bell... observed for the
> Internet, a “naive orientation towards social impacts frames the
> relationship between the social and technical too narrowly”...
> Technical studies... in addition to research on ethics... and
> privacy... normally address and investigate the “social impacts”’ of
> AI. In the eyes of the many, these efforts saturate the need for a
> deeper knowledge of the social world, where these AI-based systems
> come to operate.

Laura Sartori and Giulia Bocca, "Minding the gap(s): public perceptions
of AI and socio‐technical imaginaries". AI & Society 38 (2023): 443.


Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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