Artificial Knowing: Gender and the Thinking Machine / Edition 1

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Overview

Artificial Knowing challenges the masculine slant in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) view of the world. Alison Adam admirably fills the large gap in science and technology studies by showing us that gender bias is inscribed in AI-based computer systems. Her treatment of feminist epistemology, focusing on the ideas of the knowing subject, the nature of knowledge, rationality and language, are bound to make a significant and powerful contribution to AI studies.
Drawing from theories by Donna Haraway and Sherry Turkle, and using tools of feminist epistemology, Adam provides a sustained critique of AI which interestingly re-enforces many of the traditional criticisms of the AI project. Artificial Knowing is an esential read for those interested in gender studies, science and technology studies, and philosophical debates in AI.

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Adam U. of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology challenges the masculine slant in the Artificial Intelligence AI view of the world, showing how gender is inscribed in AI-based computer systems. Her feminist treatment of the ideas of the knowing subject, and the nature of knowledge, rationality and language provides a sustained critique of AI which re-enforces and extends many of the traditional criticisms of the AI project. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415129633
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Adam is a lecturer in Computation at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. She also worked as a technical consultant and a systems analyst.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Feminist Resources 11
2 AI in Context 34
3 The Knowing Subject in AI 69
4 Knowledge, Language and Rationality in AI 99
5 Embodiment and Situatedness: The Artificial Life Alternative 129
6 Feminist AI Projects and Cyberfutures 156
Notes 182
Bibliography 187
Index 202
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