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Title:Action in light of information: What robots can teach us about algorithms
Author(s):Elliott Hauser
Subject(s):robots
algorithms
critical informatics
Abstract:What do algorithms do? This question is central to the ethics, design, and policy surrounding algorithmically mediated technologies in applications ranging from social media to banking to medicine. This contribution takes the example of algorithmically mediated robotics as a novel entrypoint to this question. Robots take unambiguous physical action in light of information processed by their control systems. In robotics, the common framing of algorithms’ input producing output is thus rendered into input producing action. By sidestepping the need to characterize algorithmic output as (speech) act, the ethical implications of algorithms can be more directly analyzed when observed via robotic action. This paper contends that important and generally applicable aspects of algorithms are more visible in their robotic deployments, and suggests robotics as a key site for algorithm studies more broadly.
Issue Date:2021-10-29
Citation Info:Hauser, E. (2021). Action in light of information: What robots can teach us about algorithms. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium and the 3rd Annual Information Ethics and Policy Workshop at the 84th Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2021), October 29, 2021, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Series/Report:Proceedings of the 17th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium and the 3rd Annual Information Ethics and Policy Workshop
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/111783
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-10-28


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