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Session Overview
Workshop 4b: Automation and the next wave of computerisation: Sociotechnical approaches to automation, robots, machine learning and artificial intelligence
Sunday, 25/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Matt Willis, University of Oxford
Location: Workroom 2 (Diamond)
The Diamond

Session Abstract

While computerisation has taken place for decades, we are seeing increased rhetoric and activity across many domains in the areas of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Recent innovations around automated replacements for human work promise to change the ways people organize society and to reshape our working lives, for good or for ill. It is crucial that sociotechnical scholars engage with automation if we are to go beyond the easy rhetoric surrounding the most recent rise of automated technologies. This half-day workshop brings together sociotechnical scholars, developers, engineers, makers, and other stakeholders to unpack the reality and rhetoric of automation and related technologies. This workshop will provide a forum for (1) understanding and approaching automation and related phenomena from a sociotechnical perspective; (2) discussion of methods and techniques for studying and analysing these phenomena; and (3) sharing empirical research. 

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