Workshop 3: Human (In)Attention

This workshop will explore anxiety about the atrophy of human
skills through the automation of complex cognitive skills such as navigation, control of
aircraft or vehicles. It will also examine cases where the delegation of human tasks
to machines directly become a source of anxiety, instability or concern. Examples
include high-frequency trading and the so-called ‘creepy line’ (Google) where
algorithms or machine learning may display an uncanny or disturbing level of
personal surveillance or insight. The second day of this workshop will look at the
extension of this problem into academic analysis itself, that is, the automation of
research methods through digital humanities.



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