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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 The research I will talk about is unpublished, and has been conducted with Hamid Ekbia.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).



Monday May 05, 2014 01:30 PM
Monday May 05, 2014 03:00 PM
Informatics East, Room 130
Hamid Ekbia
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