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The Everyday Life of an Algorithm

Authors: Neyland, Daniel

  • Delves into what we do - and don't - know about algorithms in our daily lives
  • Demonstrates how forms of work have been transformed by algorithmic systems
  • Explores future possibilities in how society will interact with algorithms
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This open access book begins with an algorithm–a set of IF…THEN rules used in the development of a new, ethical, video surveillance architecture for transport hubs. Readers are invited to follow the algorithm over three years, charting its everyday life. Questions of ethics, transparency, accountability and market value must be grasped by the algorithm in a series of ever more demanding forms of experimentation. Here the algorithm must prove its ability to get a grip on everyday life if it is to become an ordinary feature of the settings where it is being put to work. Through investigating the everyday life of the algorithm, the book opens a conversation with existing social science research that tends to focus on the power and opacity of algorithms. In this book we have unique access to the algorithm’s design, development and testing, but can also bear witness to its fragility and dependency on others.

About the authors

Daniel Neyland is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, the University of London, UK. His research engages with issues of governance, accountability and ethics in forms of science, technology and organization. He has published books on privacy and surveillance, organizational ethnography, mundane governance (co-authored with Steve Woolgar) and markets (co-authored with Vera Ehrenstein and Sveta Milyaeva).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Everyday Life and the Algorithm

    Neyland, Daniel

    Pages 1-20

  • Experimentation with a Probable Human-Shaped Object

    Neyland, Daniel

    Pages 21-43

  • Accountability and the Algorithm

    Neyland, Daniel

    Pages 45-71

  • The Deleting Machine and Its Discontents

    Neyland, Daniel

    Pages 73-92

  • Demonstrating the Algorithm

    Neyland, Daniel

    Pages 93-122

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-00578-8
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-00577-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Everyday Life of an Algorithm
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00578-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00578-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00577-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 151
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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