[SIGCIS-Members] history of autoincorrect

Warren Sack wsack at ucsc.edu
Fri Jan 21 12:33:58 PST 2022


Very interesting thread!  I also have an article on autocorrection, but
framed in terms of the importance of language standardization for
nationalism and capitalism:
http://computationalculture.net/out-of-bounds-language-limits-language-planning-and-the-definition-of-distance-in-the-new-spaces-of-linguistic-capitalism/

Best,

-Warren

Warren SACK
Professor, Film + Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Editorial Group Member, *Computational Culture: A Journal of Software
Studies*
Book: *The Software Arts* (MIT Press, 2019)
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/software-arts


On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 8:47 AM Nabeel Siddiqui <nasiddiqui at email.wm.edu>
wrote:

> From a little bit different of a theoretical framework, but Allison
> Parrish recently did a wonderful talk about spellcheck and queer
> phenomenology: https://posts.decontextualize.com/queer-in-ai-2021/
>
> https://www.nabeelsiddiqui.net
>
> On Jan 21, 2022, at 11:14 AM, Alexandre Hocquet <
> alexandre.hocquet at univ-lorraine.fr> wrote:
>
> Dear Jonathan,
>
> Thank you very much for this neat example. I never use Excel so I am not
> sure if the autocorrect feature can be disabled in settings or not (my
> guess is that it surely is, but you never know). That said, I find that
> this is more telling about the acculturation of users to Microsoft packages
> than the reckless use of pieces of software, even in areas where you might
> think better solutions exist, especially scientific ones.
>
> After all, a lot of scientific mistakes occur because of the (incorrect)
> use of default settings, even in specialized software.
> I have this example of a recent publication in chemistry regarding
> calculations of NMR chemical shifts whose output turn out to depend on....
> the OS the calculations are run on !
> https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.orglett.9b03216#
>
> It gives me the opportunity to shamelessly self-promote my upcoming talk
> where I will use Jonathan's example. If you're interested in open science
> and its complex relationship with software
>
> "Only the initiates will have the secrets revealed" : The politics and
> materialities of open science
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Käte Hamburger Kolleg "cultures of research" lecture series
> in Aachen and [online](https://khk.rwth-aachen.de/lecture-series/)
> Wednesday, January 26th, 5pm CET
>
> Open Science has been pervading the scientific world in the last decade.
> It is a buzzword, and a promise. First, through Open Access, as a combat
> against corporate publishers, then through Open Data as a mean to enhance
> sharing practices, and more recently, and more timidly, through the
> promotion of Open Software. Strikingly, Open Software in science has
> attracted until now less interest even though Open Science itself is rooted
> in 1980s free software principles.
> This talk focuses on software in science and its diversity of
> entanglements with openness. Software has been "eating" the world and
> science is no exception. From Excel to complex "big" scientific
> instruments, via Photoshop or molecular modelling software suites, the vast
> majority of software used in science is not open, and a vast majority has
> nothing to do with computer science. When software is open, it is very
> often naively represented as a solution to all issues in science,
> especially reproducibility. Yet, even open software is full of epistemic
> issues, from governance to consistency, and the consequences of its
> influence on the rest of open science are often misunderstood, especially
> regarding licensing policies.
>
>
> --
> ***********************************************
> Alexandre Hocquet
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> https://poincare.univ-lorraine.fr/fr/membre-titulaire/alexandre-hocquet
> https://khk.rwth-aachen.de/fellows/prof-alexandre-hocquet/
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