The Influencing Machine

Year: 2018 Type: Print publication Languages: German, English Price: 24.00 € Format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm, softcover, sewn binding Scope: 319 p., ca. 50 images, color and b/w ISBN: 978-3-938515-74-7

Bots manipulate the masses, turn ‘fake news’ into facts, supersede human labour, colonise our objects and lead us into temptation.

How do bots and data form politics? In what ways do they transform political orderings of participation, accountability and knowledge? Why do racist or sexist logics reproduce and intensify on digital platforms, social networks, and data-driven expert systems? What does it mean for the value of labour and, more generally, human agency if transactions, communication, and decisions are increasingly carried out by fully automated devices? Which cultural imaginations shape the design and function of human-machine interfaces?

Ed.: nGbK

Work group: Vladimir Čajkovac, Kristina Kramer, Bettina Lehmann, Sophie Macpherson, Tahani Nadim, Neli Wagner

With contributions by: Geoffrey C. Bowker & Susan Leigh Star, Simone Browne, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kashmir Hill, Lilly Irani, Lee Mackinnon, Tahani Nadim, Lucy Suchman, Cher Tan, Neli Wagner