David Beer, The Tensions of Algorithmic Thinking: Automation, Intelligence and the Politics of Knowing – Bristol University Press, November 2022
Hardback and e-book only at the moment, but paperback sometime in the future. Subscribers to David’s substack The Fragment can access a 50% discount code.
We are living in algorithmic times.
From machine learning and artificial intelligence to blockchain or simpler newsfeed filtering, automated systems can transform the social world in ways that are just starting to be imagined.
Redefining these emergent technologies as the new systems of knowing, pioneering scholar David Beer examines the acute tensions they create and how they are changing what is known and what is knowable. Drawing on cases ranging from the art market and the smart home, through to financial tech, AI patents and neural networks, he develops key concepts for understanding the framing, envisioning and implementation of algorithms.
This book will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with the rise of algorithmic thinking and the way it permeates society.