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Humanist Archives: June 8, 2020, 9:37 a.m. Humanist 34.90 - applications of artificial neural networks?

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        Date: 2020-06-08 08:31:59+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: artificial neural networks?

I need to correspond with someone who has a solid critical but not
dismissive view and overview of the applications of artificial neural
networks (ANNs) to various disciplines. I'm not particularly interested
in the ANN as a model of the brain, rather more in it as a tool that
somehow isolates phenomena under investigation from the tacit
assumptions of the enquirer. To put the matter somewhat crudely, does
application of ANNs lead to greater objectivity, and if so in what
sense? How cautiously do we need to proceed along such lines?

Many thanks for any help -- and esp for suggestions of potential sources
of wisdom on this topic.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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