Books  |    |  February 19, 1998

Artificial Knowing: Gender and the Thinking Machine

Book by Alison Adam.
Published by Routledge.
216 pages.

Artificial Knowing challenges the masculine slant in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) view of the world. Alison Adam admirably fills the large gap in science and technology studies by showing us that gender bias is inscribed in AI-based computer systems. Her treatment of feminist epistemology, focusing on the ideas of the knowing subject, the nature of knowledge, rationality and language, are bound to make a significant and powerful contribution to AI studies.

Drawing from theories by Donna Haraway and Sherry Turkle, and using tools of feminist epistemology, Adam provides a sustained critique of AI which interestingly re-enforces many of the traditional criticisms of the AI project. Artificial Knowing is an esential read for those interested in gender studies, science and technology studies, and philosophical debates in AI.

Table of Contents

  • Feminist Resources
  • AI in Context
  • The Knowing Subject in AI
  • Knowledge, Language and Rationality in AI
  • Embodiment and Situatedness: The Artificial Life Alternative
  • Feminist AI
  • Projects and Cyberfutures

About the Author

Alison Adam is a lecturer in Computation at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. She also worked as a technical consultant and a systems analyst.