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Communicating through or communicating with: Approaching Artificial Intelligence from a communication and media studies perspective

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posted on 28.07.2020, 10:35 by Simone Natale
This review essay examines two recent publications that explore the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and communication. Discussing Human-Machine Communication (HMC) as an emerging area of inquiry within communication and media studies, two important implications of this body of work are highlighted. First, the "human" component still plays a key role in HMC, since what we call “AI” derives from the technical and material functioning of computing technologies as much as from the contribution of the humans who enter in communication with AI technologies. Second, HMC challenges the very concept of medium, because the machine is at the same time the channel as well as the producer of communication messages. A potential way to solve this challenge is to mobilize existing approaches in media history and theory that expand the concept of medium beyond its conceptualization as mere channel.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Communication Theory

Volume

31

Issue

4

Pages

905-910

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The author

Publisher statement

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Communication Theory following peer review. The version of record NATALE, S., 2021. Communicating through or communicating with: Approaching Artificial Intelligence from a communication and media studies perspective. Communication Theory, 31 (4), pp.905-910 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qtaa022

Acceptance date

15/07/2020

Publication date

2020-09-24

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1050-3293

eISSN

1468-2885

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Simone Natale Deposit date: 27 July 2020