Bonnie Nardi, School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
The School of Informatics and Computing Informatics Colloquium Series
CROMI: Center for Research on Mediated Interaction (http://cromi.org)
And Human-Computer Interaction/Design
Speaker: Bonnie Nardi, School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Where: Informatics East, Rm. 130
Tiitle: Heteromation: Dividing Labor between People and Machines
Abstract: Historically, computing has fashioned various divisions of labor between people and machines. Computing began with an impulse toward automation, then expanded to augmentation of the human intellect, and has now devised "heteromation" in which human labor is needed for the basic functioning of computational systems. I will discuss two heteromated systems: Mechanical Turk and the "Tribunal" in the video game League of Legends. These systems deploy various reward schemes to draw users into the system to induce them to work. The research I will talk about is unpublished, and has been conducted with Hamid Ekbia.
Biography: Bonnie Nardi is an anthropologist in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She has conducted field research in offices, homes, hospitals, libraries, laboratories, and online video game communities. She is the author of My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft (University of Michigan Press, 2010), co-author of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (with T. Boellstorff, C. Pearce and T.L. Taylor, Princeton University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World (with P. Leonardi and J. Kallinikos, Oxford University Press, 2013). She co-edits the MIT Press series Acting with Technology (with K. Foot and V. Kaptelinin).