Algorithms, Decision-making, and the Human Outside the Code

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract In this intervention, we discuss to what extent the term “decision” serves as an adequate terminology for what algorithms actually do. Although calculations of algorithms might be perceived as or be an important basis for a decision, we argue, that this terminology is not only misleading but also problematic. A calculation is not a decision, we claim, since a decision (implicitly) includes two important aspects: imaginaries about the future and a “fictional surplus” as well as the process of justification. Our proposal can be seen as an invitation to reflect but the role of “humans outside the code” (and not merely “in the loop”).
Authors Krause, Florian & Beschorner, Thomas
Journal or Publication Title Moral & Machines
Language English
Subjects computer science
social sciences
cultural studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed No
Date 18 December 2021
Volume 1
Number 2
Page Range 78-85
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner
Date Deposited 17 Nov 2021 21:31
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:46


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Krause, Florian & Beschorner, Thomas (2021) Algorithms, Decision-making, and the Human Outside the Code. Moral & Machines, 1 (2). 78-85.

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