Presentazione del libro "Machine Habitus"

Lunedì, 9 Maggio 2022
Seminario con Massimo Airoldi

Quando: Venerdì 13 Maggio 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
Dove: Santa Chiara Lab, Via Val di Montone, 1, Siena


Il seminario fa parte del ciclo di seminari di Sociologia della Comunicazione, del corso di laurea magistrale in Strategie e Tecniche della comunicazione.

Presentazione del libro di Massimo Airoldi (Università di Milano):


"Machine Habitus", Londra: Polity, 2021. L'autore ne discuterà con gli studenti.


Massimo Airoldi è ricercatore di tipo B in SPS/08 presso il dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali dell'Università Statale di Milano


We commonly think of society as made of and by humans, but with the proliferation of machine learning and AI technologies,this is clearly no longer the case. Billions of automated systems tacitly contribute to the social construction of reality by drawing algorithmic distinctions between the visible and the invisible, the relevant and the irrelevant, the likely and the unlikely – on and beyond platforms.


Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, this book develops an original sociology of algorithms as social agents, actively participating in social life. Through a wide range of examples, Massimo Airoldi shows how society shapes algorithmic code, and how this culture in the code guides the practical behaviour of the code in the culture, shaping society in turn. The ‘machine habitus’ is the generative mechanism at work throughout myriads of feedback loops linking humans with artificial social agents, in the context of digital infrastructures and pre-digital social structures.


Machine Habitus will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, media and cultural studies, science and technology studies and information technology, and to anyone interested in the growing role of algorithms and AI in our social and cultural life.