General reading impressions - 2020 Week 6

Hello, all! This week’s reading were somewhat narrow in scope, as I had to finish some writing projects and application before my marriage leave next week. Papers Joanna J Bryson and Andras Theodorou. 2019. How Society Can Maintain Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence. Human-Centered Digitalization and Services, edited by M. Toivonen and E. Saari, Translational Systems Sciences 19, Springer Nature Singapore. Shows that centering AI on human needs and interests is not only desirable but technically feasible.

General reading impressions - 2020 Week 5

This week’s post is a little late, as my house spent most of yesterday without power. So, here come the usual comments on texts. Papers Ann-Sophie Barwich. 2019. The Value of Failure in Science: The Story of Grandmother Cells in Neuroscience. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13. Provides an interesting analysis of the concept of a grandmother cell and its empirical and conceptual shortcomings, but, more importantly, makes a solid case for the importance of studying scientific failures.

General reading impressions - 2020 Week 4

In this week, most of my readings were directed towards two goals: finishing a grant application (on a theme not covered by the recommendations below) and becoming acquainted with some technical literature that is relevant for my research interests: while I don’t work directly with human-computer interaction, competition law, or the economics of AI, understanding what is going on in those subjects is relevant for discussing AI regulation. I also managed to squeeze in some leisure reads, which could be of interest.

General reading impressions - 2020 Week 3

Once more unto the breach…this week has not been very productive for my reading goals: I spent most of my time writing, and re-reading the stuff I needed for writing, and so there were few new things. Books Geoffroy de Lagasnerie. 2013 [2012]. A Última Lição de Michel Foucault [soon to be released in English as Foucault Against Neoliberalism?]. São Paulo: Três Estrelas. Why did Foucault dedicate an entire course to what is usually called “neoliberalism”?

General reading impressions - 2020 Week 2

Hello! This week was a bit less productive in terms of reading, both because some deadlines led to more focused interaction with texts and because some of the texts I read in full this week were not that interesting. Still, there were some interesting texts, and I hope my first impressions convey part of what’s good about them. Books Alberto Cupani. 2017. Filosofia da Tecnologia: Um Convite [Philosophy of Technology: an invitation].

General reading impressions - 2020 Week 1

Happy new year, everybody! As part of my efforts to blog more than once in a decade, I have decided to try and write weekly posts about my long reads (usually books or academic papers, but might also include journalistic stuff, etc.). Each text should get a small description of its contents and some impressions, but particularly thought-provoking pieces might warrant a post about them. With any luck, my lists will provide interesting suggestions to readers with similar interests.