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The Constitution of Algorithms

Ground-Truthing, Programming, Formulating (Inside Technology)

Florian Jaton, Geoffrey C. Bowker (Foreword by)


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A laboratory study that investigates how algorithms come into existence.

Algorithms--often associated with the terms big data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence--underlie the technologies we use every day, and disputes over the consequences, actual or potential, of new algorithms arise regularly. In this book, Florian Jaton offers a new way to study computerized methods, providing an account of where algorithms come from and how they are constituted, investigating the practical activities by which algorithms are progressively assembled rather than what they may suggest or require once they are assembled.

Praise For The Constitution of Algorithms: Ground-Truthing, Programming, Formulating (Inside Technology)

“By marrying ethnography and hands-on practice of ground-truthing, programming, and formulating, Jaton discovers all the small but important details and practices that go into creating algorithms.” —TechTalks

The MIT Press, 9780262542142, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

About the Author

Florian Jaton is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the STS Lab at the University of Lausanne.