Article ID: CBB728584530

Introduction: How and Why to Historicize Algorithmic Cultures (2023)

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This introduction summarizes the themes, purposes, and objectives of the volume. Its thesis is that the prevailing mode of discussing the nature and impact of algorithmic culture in modern society evolved from existing trends in labor history and the history of science, one distinctive element of which is a sharp interpretative binary between “craft” (soft, human judgment) and “code” (hard, mechanistic logic). The volume suggests that this binary is no longer adequate. It suggests forging a new vocabulary of algorithmic and human diversity in the code-craft space—one better equipped to guide historical investigation, allow us to grapple with algorithmic governance, and even improve our understanding of forces underlying algorithmic advancement.

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Article John Tresch (2023) Afterword: Mashed between Code and Craft: So Many Pictures of Food. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 305-320). unapi

Article Ksenia Tatarchenko (2023) Algorithm’s Cradle: Commemorating al-Khwarizmi in the Soviet History of Mathematics and Cold War Computer Science. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 286-304). unapi

Article Theodora Dryer (2023) Settler Computing: Water Algorithms and the Equitable Apportionment Doctrine on the Colorado River, 1950–1990. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 265-285). unapi

Article Mike Ananny (2023) Making Mistakes: Constructing Algorithmic Errors to Understand Sociotechnical Power. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 223-241). unapi

Article Alma Steingart (2023) Statecraft by Algorithms. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 205-222). unapi

Article Matthew L. Jones (2023) Users Gone Astray: Spreadsheet Charts, Junky Graphics, and Statistical Knowledge. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 185-204). unapi

Article Xiaochang Li (2023) “There’s No Data Like More Data”: Automatic Speech Recognition and the Making of Algorithmic Culture. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 165-182). unapi

Article Salem Elzway (2023) Armed Algorithms: Hacking the Real World in Cold War America. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 147-164). unapi

Article Honghong Tinn (2023) Between “Magnificent Machine” and “Elusive Device”: Wassily Leontief’s Input-Output Analysis and Its International Applicability. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 129-146). unapi

Article Alex Csiszar (2023) Provincializing Impact: From Imperial Anxiety to Algorithmic Universalism. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 103-126). unapi

Article James Evans; Tyler Reigeluth; Adrian Johns (2023) The Craft and Code Binary: Before, During, and After. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 19-39). unapi

Article Michael J. Barany (2023) On Remediation: Media, Repair, and the Discipline of Fantasy in the Theory and Practice of Algorithmic Modernity. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 40-57). unapi

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Article James Evans; Tyler Reigeluth; Adrian Johns (2023) The Craft and Code Binary: Before, During, and After. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 19-39). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Neil Urquhart
The Anh Han
Kirill Chunikhin
Terry Payne
Sun-ha Hong
Simon Wells
Journals
Revue de Synthèse
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Technology and Culture
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Publishers
The MIT Press
Springer
Reaktion Books
New York University Press
Kluwer Academic
Blackwell Publishers
Concepts
Cognition
Philosophy of mind
Algorithms
Theories of knowledge
Modernity
Philosophy
People
Aristotle
Bartolomé Inga
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Theophrastos of Eresos
Radulphus Brito
Time Periods
21st century
Renaissance
Early modern
Modern
Medieval
20th century, early
Places
Americas
Spain
Greece
Soviet Union
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