Artificial Knowing: Gender and the Thinking Machine

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In Artificial Knowing, Alison Adam boldly challenges the Artificial Intelligence AI view of the world which prescribes the masculine as the norm and excludes other knowers and knowledge, specifically women. Adam fills a large gap in science and technology studies by showing us how gender is inscribed in AI-based computer systems. By locating feminist theory in relation to science and technology studies, Adam argues that feminist epistemology, in its treatment of the knowing subject and the nature of knowledge, rationality and language, can make a serious contribution to and provide a richer critique of 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: 9780415129626
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/19/1998
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (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

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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