Critical Theory of AI

Lindgren, Simon

  • 出版商: Polity
  • 出版日期: 2023-12-26
  • 售價: $1,070
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$1,017
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 224
  • 裝訂: Quality Paper - also called trade paper
  • ISBN: 1509555773
  • ISBN-13: 9781509555772
  • 相關分類: 人工智慧
  • 海外代購書籍(需單獨結帳)


We live in an age of artificial intelligence (AI). Machines think and act in ever more complex ways, increasingly making prognoses, suggestions, and decisions on our behalf. Whilst AI might be seen as practical and profitable, issues of data surveillance, algorithmic control, and sexist and racist bias persist. In this rapidly changing landscape, social analysis of AI risks getting scaled down to issues of 'ethics', 'responsibility' and 'fairness'. While these are important issues, they must be addressed not from an 'AI first' perspective, but more thoroughly in terms of power and contention.

In this book, AI is approached from the perspective of critical social theory - an often-muted voice in this discussion. It provides a much-needed intervention on how both old and new social theories aid in approaching and conceptualising the social consequences of AI. It poses questions about the ideologies driving AI, the mythologies surrounding AI, and the complex relationship between AI and power. Simon Lindgren, a leading scholar of digital technology and society, provides a way of defining AI as an object of social and political critique, and guides the reader through a set of contentious areas where AI and politics intersect. In relation to all of these areas, critical theories are drawn upon both as an argument for and an illustration of how AI can be critiqued.

Given the opportunities and challenges of AI, this book is a must-read for students and scholars in the humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines.



在這本書中,AI從批判社會理論的角度進行探討,這在這場討論中往往是被壓抑的聲音。它提供了一個迫切需要的介入,關於如何利用新舊社會理論來接近和概念化AI的社會後果。它提出了關於推動AI的意識形態、圍繞AI的神話和AI與權力之間複雜關係的問題。西蒙·林德格倫(Simon Lindgren)是數字技術和社會的領先學者,他提供了一種將AI定義為社會和政治批評對象的方式,並引導讀者穿越一系列有爭議的領域,AI和政治在這些領域交叉。在所有這些領域中,批判理論被用來作為對AI進行批評的論據和示例。



Simon Lindgren is Professor of Sociology at Umeå University.


Simon Lindgren是烏梅奧大學的社會學教授。