How do artificial intelligence (AI) technologies affect research and science? By following this perspective, the project is less concerned with research on AI per se than with how different disciplines use AI as a tool and as an epistemic entity within larger (post)digital infrastructures. The central focus lies on how heterogeneous concepts and operations of the social sciences and humanities, on the one hand, and the natural and technical sciences, on the other, are integrated into applications of AI. Research on the latter will also explore the extent to which critical perspectives inform and accompany the use of AI. The project concentrates on artificial neural networks (ANN) because of their dominant status among current AI approaches. Hence, the project not only explores the similarities and differences between the various areas of application of AI, but also sheds light on the cultural and national specificities inherent to these processes in an international context, particularly in Europe and the USA.
Please find a German language version of the project description here.
We would like to thank the Volkswagen Foundation for funding this project.