Being Human in an Algorithmically Controlled World
Professor Harlan Onsrud, School of Computing and Information Science, and Dr. James Campbell, UMaine Alumnus, recently published an article titled Being Human in an Algorithmically Controlled World in the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.
In their introduction to a special issue on Transdisciplinary Opportunities in the Geospatial Humanities, the guest editors Alberto Giordano, Shih-Lung Shaw and Diana Sinton provide a short summary of the scope of the Onsrud and Campbell article:
“Lastly, and perhaps the broadest in scope, Onsrud and Campbell discuss the ethic of the algorithm. Their description of how digitally connected humans interact multiple times daily with AI algorithms, created and deployed by private for profit actors without their consent and for the benefit of a few, alarms in intent and outcome. They offer a range of solutions and policies to mitigate the effects of the ubiquity of the algorithm and suggest that measures of control can be returned to aware individuals. As such, it seems fitting to conclude this issue on the relation between GIScience and the humanities with ethical considerations. Beyond what GIS and GIScience bring to the humanities in terms of research opportunities and pedagogical integration, this attention to ethics, justice, and the centrality of the human being are fundamental values that the humanities bring to GIS and GIScience.”
Harlan Onsrud and James Campbell, Being Human in an Algorithmically Controlled World, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Feb 2020, vol. 14, No. 1-2, pp. 235-252
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