Special topic: Reconsidering Artificial Intelligence
After Watson the computer crushed its human opponents during a three-day ratings bonanza this February, the questions previously raised by Kasparov vs. Deep Blue and checkers vs. Chinook (as well as by the Turing test over half a century ago) have once again come to the forefront of public debate: are machines on the verge of taking over? What does it mean to be human (or posthuman) at the interface with AI? How do new AI mediations of the human redefine the relationships between personhood, technics, temporality, and culture?