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Special Effects; or, The Tooling is Here. Where are the Results?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage, Culture, Computation. Computing of the Humanities, Law, and Narratives
Subtitle of host publicationEssays Dedicated to Yaacov Choueka on the Occasion of His 75 Birthday, Part II
EditorsNachum Dershowitz, Ephraim Nissan
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages103-117
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783642453236
DOIs
Published24 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume8002
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

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Abstract

Technological developments tend to move at a very different speed from their cultural assimilation. Hence it is not surprising that impressive technical wizardry should be used in culturally unimpressive ways. The real problem is one of imaginative maturity. Here I argue that Choueka’s old question, “The tools are here; where are the results?”, similarly directs humanist scholars to pay attention first to development of theory rather than to the features of software. For those who know where to look, the results we do have are hardly unimpressive, but to argue their importance requires a new understanding of both theory and practice. The problem scholars face is twofold: first to develop a computational discourse adequate to the best artefactual theories we have; second to reconceive their computational practices as a matter of tooling rather than tool-use. For computer science the biggest challenge is to understand and implement dynamical scholarly practices as they metamorphose from one temporary state to the next.

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