Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Defining Artificial Intelligence within the Context of Human-Machine Communication
Defining Artificial Intelligence within the Context of Human-Machine Communication
Artificial intelligence is fast becoming an important subject of study within communication as scholars examine people’s communication with AI technologies and the implications of these interactions. However, artificial intelligence is a polysemous concept: AI’s operational definition in research varies greatly across the fields in which it is a subject of study, and what qualifies as an AI technology has evolved over time. Scholarly and lay conceptualizations of AI also do not always align. The question for communication scholars is “What is artificial intelligence within communication?” This presentation examines this question from the perspective of members of the public, who are increasingly interacting with communicative AI. It focuses on how aspects of human communication with machines become criteria for designating a technology as AI or excluding it from such a designation and discusses the theoretical and methodological implications for AI research within communication.
Andrea L. Guzman is an assistant professor of communication at Northern Illinois University where her research focuses on Human-Machine Communication and people’s perceptions of artificial intelligence, including voice-based assistants and automated news-writing programs. Guzman is the inaugural chair of the Human-Machine Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association. She is editor of Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves and co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Human-Machine Communication (forthcoming). Guzman’s research has been published in top journals, including New Media & Society, Digital Journalism, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Computers in Human Behavior. Her award-winning research also has been presented at leading interdisciplinary and disciplinary conferences. https://andrealguzman.net
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