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University of Massachusetts Amherst

2012

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Communication And Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities And Challenges For The 21st Century, David J. Gunkel Aug 2012

Communication And Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities And Challenges For The 21st Century, David J. Gunkel

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This essay advocates for a significant reorientation and reconceptualization of communication studies in order to accommodate the opportunities and challenges introduced by increasingly intelligent machines, autonomous decision making systems, and smart devices. Historically the discipline of communication has accommodated new technology by transforming these innovations into a medium of human interaction and message exchange. With the computer, this transaction is particularly evident with the development of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in the later half of the 20th century. In CMC, the computer is understood and investigated as a more-or-less neutral channel of message transfer and instrument of human interaction. This ...