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Portraits of Automated Facial Recognition

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Book Series: Image ISBN: 9783839448465 Year: Pages: 198 DOI: 10.14361/9783839448465 Language: English
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Subject: Media and communication
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Automated facial recognition algorithms are increasingly intervening in society. This book offers a unique analysis of these algorithms from a critical visual culture studies perspective. The first part of this study examines the example of an early facial recognition algorithm called »eigenface« and traces a history of the merging of statistics and vision. The second part addresses contemporary artistic engagements with facial recognition technology in the work of Thomas Ruff, Zach Blas, and Trevor Paglen. This book argues that we must take a closer look at the technology of automated facial recognition and claims that its forms of representation are embedded with visual politics. Even more significantly, this technology is redefining what it means to see and be seen in the contemporary world.

Prototyping Society – Zur vorauseilenden Technologisierung der Zukunft

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Book Series: Science Studies ISBN: 9783839447369 Year: Pages: 174 DOI: 10.14361/9783839447369 Language: German
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Subject: Science (General)
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Prototypes migrate from the workshops to society. They are no longer considered deficient because of incomplete objects. Rather, it is through the design of the material provisional that the social day after tomorrow is shaped and technologised. The production and reception of these artefacts is transformed from an exclusive expert activity to a public social practice: Prototypes are produced in publicly accessible Makerspaces and celebrated in urban event formats. Sascha Dickel shows that this can also be accompanied by a new form of criticism that does not oppose the technologization of the social, but opens up ways to design alternative futures in a technologically integrated world.

Die Fabrikation von Kreativität

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Book Series: Sozialtheorie ISBN: 9783839449929 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.14361/9783839449929 Language: German
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Subject: Sociology
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How is creativity created in fashion? Judith Nyfeler examines the actors involved along with their specific organizational methods (routines, technologies, projects, cooperations) and linguistic expressions (narratives, shows, storytelling). It turns out that instead of constantly renewing, variants are formed, whereby the formal facade of creativity and the operative activities of production are organizationally resolved from each other. The formation of variants is enhanced by language elements, which are always worked on, which in turn represents the basis for change as well as stability in fashion.

Normativität und Wertneutralität

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Book Series: Science Studies ISBN: 9783839449882 Year: Pages: 324 DOI: 10.14361/9783839449882 Language: German
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Subject: Science (General)
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A part of sociology always wants to distance itself from any interference in the practice, and another part to influence society. In the first case, sociology sees itself as a science that looks at society from the outside. In the second case, she can not evade her affiliation with society. But what do these supposedly contradictory goals mean for sociologists and what does that say about the subject itself? Natalie Mevissen investigates the relationship of sociology to society with the help of hermeneutic interview analyzes and at the same time formulates conditions for a sociology of sociology in theory and methodology. She advocates a change of perspective: away from a problem discourse towards a perspective of the elective affinity of sociology with society.

Fremde Galaxien und abstrakte Welten

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Book Series: Science Studies ISBN: 9783839443576 Year: Pages: 488 DOI: 10.14361/9783839443576 Language: German
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Subject: Science (General)
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How does open access change science as social practice? By answering that question, this innovative book provides sociology of science with a new subject: information infrastructure research.

Epistemologien des Umgebens

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Book Series: Edition Medienwissenschaft ISBN: 9783839448397 Year: Pages: 562 DOI: 10.14361/9783839448397 Language: German
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Subject: Media and communication
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The rise of the term "environment" to describe the present marks the influence that reflection on environmental relations and the possibility of engineering artificial environments have gained since the mid-nineteenth century. In closed artificial worlds such as space stations or artificial ecosystems, the entanglement of the "environment" with the surrounding organisms becomes the subject of a biopolitics that today opens up new spaces in autonomous environmental control technologies. Florian Sprenger pursues this transformation of ecological environmental knowledge with the aim of better understanding current technologies, making the term understandable and highlighting the biopolitical dimension of each ecology.

Auf dem Weg zu einer Green Economy

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Book Series: Neue Ökologie ISBN: 9783839444931 Year: Pages: 302 DOI: 10.14361/9783839444931 Language: German
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Subject: Environmental Sciences
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Green economy is the future – this volume illuminates options, challenges and factors of success, providing perspectives for politics and the economy.

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