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These pages call attention to the images that Western culture has projected onto computing machinery to address the latter's capabilities and shortcomings as well as its promises and dangers. It focuses on a fundamental transformation between the mid-1930s and the mid-1950s, where the sociocultural model prevailing in the 19th century was abandoned in favor of a mental solipsistic one. Against an evolutionary understanding, the paper proposes to see this transformation as a shift in perspective, where new aspects of computing could not be revealed without concealing others. Exposing the incapacity of an individualistic understanding of computers to address current global challenges, it advocates for bringing the culture back to our understanding of what it is that machines do when they compute. These pages introduce the journal's Special Issue of the same name, which follows the 6th biennial HaPoC Conference, held in 2021 in Zurich. Show more
Journal / seriesMinds and Machines
Organisational unit09591 - Wagner, Roy / Wagner, Roy
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