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Life by Algorithms: How Roboprocesses Are Remaking Our World

Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson


The book explores, analyzes, and critiques the ubiquitous, confounding, and powerful ways in which automated processes derived from binary computer logic have infiltrated contemporary life. Roboprocesses are automated models intended to evaluate, enhance profitability or efficiency, audit, or standardize human behavior. Based on evaluation protocols or formulaic scripts for interaction and judgment mobilized by commercial and state bureaucracies in their dealings with customers and citizens, roboprocesses shape human experience and action, create categories and thus identities and hierarchies, ... More

Keywords: algorithms, roboprocesses, audit cultures, standardization, computerized processes, automation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226627427
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226627731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Besteman, editor
Colby College

Hugh Gusterson, editor
George Washington University

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