Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 224. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-08-31 11:00:10+00:00 From: Robert Delius Royar
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.222: more on ethnography of AI systems We should probably adjust our terminology as Rahwan does not (in the Nature article) refer to the ethnography of AI but to the ethology of AI which implies the study of AI behavior and operational context from a physical-science perspective: This field overlaps with, but is distinct from, computer science and robotics. It treats machine behaviour empirically. This is akin to how *ethology and behavioural ecology* study animal behaviour by integrating physiology and biochemistry's intrinsic properties with the study of ecology and evolution's properties shaped by the environment. Animal and human behaviours cannot be fully understood without the study of the contexts in which behaviours occur. Machine behaviour similarly cannot be fully understood without the integrated study of algorithms and the social environments in which algorithms operate [fn 2, p. 477, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1138-y]. -- Robert Delius Royar Caught in the net since 1985 _______________________________________________ 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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