Orientalism and Informatics: Alterity from the Chess-Playing Turk to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

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Abstract

An examination of the role of the how figures of difference--ethnic, gendered, class--shape the history of informatics. It devotes particular attention to the history of thinking machines and the centrality of chess and "chess-playing Turk" as a figure for thinking through the philosophical aspects of AI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45
Number of pages90
JournalEx-position
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020

Keywords

  • Orientalism
  • AI
  • informatics
  • Habsburg Empire
  • labor
  • labour
  • emojis
  • theatricality
  • chess
  • chess-playing programs
  • Searle

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