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The shape of actions : what humans and machines can do

Author: H M Collins; Martin Kusch
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What can humans do? What can machines do? How do humans delegate actions to machines? In this book, Harry Collins and Martin Kusch combine insights from sociology and philosophy to provide a novel answer to these increasingly important questions. The authors begin by distinguishing between two basic types of intentional behavior, which they call polimorphic actions and mimeomorphic actions. Polimorphic actions (such  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H M Collins; Martin Kusch
ISBN: 0262032570 9780262032575
OCLC Number: 39508265
Description: xi, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface ---
1. Humans and Machines ---
2. Methods and Principles ---
3. Morphicity: What the Action Is ---
4. A Theory of Interaction ---
5. Morphicity and Human Competence ---
6. Writing ---
7. Machine Behavior and Human Action ---
8. Organizations and Machines ---
9. The Automation of Air Pumps ---
10. Conclusion: Dichotomies and History.
Responsibility: Harry Collins and Martin Kusch.

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