Human-Machine Reconfigurations Plans and Situated Actions

ISBN-10: 052167588X
ISBN-13: 9780521675888
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Lucy A. Suchman
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

This book considers how agencies are currently figured at the human-machine interface, and how they might be imaginatively and materially reconfigured. Contrary to the apparent enlivening of objects promised by the sciences of the artificial, the author proposes that the rhetorics and practices of those sciences work to obscure the performative nature of both persons and things. The question then shifts from debates over the status of human-like machines, to that of how humans and machines are enacted as similar or different in practice, and with what theoretical, practical and political consequences. Drawing on recent scholarship across the social sciences, humanities and computing, the author argues for research aimed at tracing the differences within specific sociomaterial arrangements without resorting to essentialist divides. This requires expanding our unit of analysis, while recognizing the inevitable cuts or boundaries through which technological systems are constituted.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Readings and responses
Preface to the 1st edition
Introduction to the 1st edition
Interactive artifacts
Plans
Situated actions
Communicative resources
Case and methods
Human-machine communication
Conclusion to the 1st edition
Plans, scripts and other ordering devices
Agencies at the interface
Figuring the human in AI and robotics
Demystifications and re-enchantments of the human-like machine
Reconfigurations
Notes
References

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