This book critically explores forms and techniques of calculation that emerge with digital computation, and their implications. The contributors demonstrate that digital calculative devices matter beyond their specific functions as they progressively shape, transform and govern all areas of our life. In particular, it addresses such questions as:
Drawing together different strands of cutting-edge research that is both theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, this book makes an important contribution to several areas of scholarship, including the emerging social science field of software studies, and will be a vital resource for students and scholars alike.
"Certainly, this is a lively volume. At times insightful, at times confusing and obscure, often experimental, at times still in a process of becoming, it seems to mirror the world that it begins to open up. Linking all the contributions, however, are the editors’ and contributors’ shared concerns about security, privacy, agency, and freedom, and we should take them seriously: the book is a fitting manifesto for a sociology of the unseen agents that increasingly shape our ‘algorithmic life’." - Philip Roscoe, University of St Andrews, UK
Introduction Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh Part 1. Algorithmic life Chapter 1. ‘The public and its algorithms: Comparing and experimenting with calculated publics’ Andreas Birkbak and Hjalmar Bang Carlsen Chapter 2. ‘The libraryness of calculative devices: Artificially intelligent librarians and their impact on information consumption’ Martijn van Otterlo Part 2. Calculation in the age of big data Chapter 3. ‘Experiencing a personalised augmented reality: Users of Foursquare in urban space’ Sarah Widmer Chapter 4. ‘A politics of redeployment: Malleable technologies and the localisation of anticipatory governance’ Nathaniel O’Grady Chapter 5. ‘Seeing the invisible algorithm: The practical politics of tracking the credit trackers’ Joe Deville and Lonneke van der Velden Part 3. Signal, visualise, calculate Chapter 6. ‘Bodies of information: Data, distance and decision-making at the limits of the war prison’ Richard Nisa Chapter 7. ‘Data anxieties: Objectivity and difference in early Vietnam war computing’ Oliver Belcher Chapter 8. ‘Seeing futures' – Politics of visuality and affect’ Matthias Leese Part 4. Affective devices Chapter 9. ‘Love’s algorithm: ‘The perfect parts for my machine’’ Lee Mackinnon Chapter 10. ‘Calculating obesity, pre-emptive power and the politics of futurity: The case of Change4Life’ Rebecca Coleman