Everyday Automation: Experiencing and Anticipating Emerging Technologies
Edited By Sarah Pink, Martin Berg, Deborah Lupton, Minna Ruckenstein
May 2022, 250 pages
Open access pdf of the book

This Open Access book brings the experiences of automation as part of quotidian life into focus. It asks how, where and when automated technologies and systems are emerging in everyday life across different global regions? What are their likely impacts in the present and future? How do engineers, policy makers, industry stakeholders and designers envisage artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) as solutions to individual and societal problems? How do these future visions compare with the everyday realities, power relations and social inequalities in which AI and ADM are experienced? What do people know about automation and what are their experiences of engaging with ‘actually existing’ AI and ADM technologies? An international team of leading scholars bring together research developed across anthropology, sociology, media and communication studies and ethnology, which shows how by rehumanising automation, we can gain deeper understandings of its societal impacts.

Sarah Pink is Professor at Monash University Australia, where she is Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Associate Director of the Monash Energy Institute, and an investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

Martin Berg is Professor of Media Technology at Malmö University, Sweden. He coordinates the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond’s research network Re-humanising Automated Decision-Making and co-directs Malmö University’s strategic research programme Data Society.?

Deborah Lupton is SHARP Professor in the Centre of Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, UNSW Sydney. She leads the Vitalities Lab and the UNSW Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.?

Minna Ruckenstein is Associate Professor in the Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki. She leads an interdisciplinary research group that studies algorithmic culture and organisational and societal processes in relation to automated decision-making.?