[SIGCIS-Members] CfP: SHOT 2017 Open Panel on "AI & it's Discontents"

Colin K Garvey garvec at rpi.edu
Tue Mar 14 14:41:04 PDT 2017

Dear all,

In preparation for SHOT 2017, we are soliciting papers for an open panel on:

The History of Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents

With origin myths involving many of the 20th century’s Great Men of Science and their intimate relationships with that most revolutionary and profound of transformations—the emergence of computing—the history of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been popular fare. Indeed, the field itself is remarkable for its studious cultivation of its own history, with much of the canon written primarily by AI insiders and developers themselves (e.g. McCorduck 1979, 2004; Crevier 1992; Brooks 1999; Boden 2006; Nilsson 2010). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story they tell is more often than not a triumphant march of progress towards the current pinnacle we are standing on today—with a few bumps along the road, thrown in for good measure. Now that AI is back and booming again today, offering promises and threats of massive social transformation, this progress narrative risks becoming a hegemon, legitimating the technological status quo and closing down opportunities for democratic deliberation about the direction of change. What possibilities exist for disrupting, destabilizing, and otherwise challenging the insider’s Whig history of AI? Who and what are AI’s discontents? How have they challenged, resisted, disrupted, or destabilized AI?
Submissions are due before March 31st. Please feel free to contact me, Colin Garvey <garvec at rpi.edu <mailto:garvec at rpi.edu>> for more information.

For more details please see http://www.historyoftechnology.org/call_for_papers/open_panels.html <http://www.historyoftechnology.org/call_for_papers/open_panels.html>
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