Affective Automata: Postcolonial Algorithms of Affective Computing

I am invited to present my recent work on affective computing at Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute, NY on November 18. In this project I aim to investigate new forms of affective computing in relation to the history of regulating social affect as part of the genealogy of the techniques for categorizing human subjects, or “making-up people” as Ian Hacking calls in relation to the role of the nineteenth century official statistics through which different kinds of human beings and human actions came into being, hand-in-hand with the invention of categories for labeling people and their behaviors. Within that genealogy, my research highlights how the coevolution of techniques of categorization and social regulation of affect is interwoven with figures of European “others;” Jews, Muslims, and natives from the colonies in order to legitimize media techniques used for extracting typologies for creating penal, medical and moral norms.

Education of Artificial Desire

As part of the 4S, Society for Social Studies of Science 2013, I will be in San Diego presenting my recent work on the cultural history of Affective Computing. My presentation titled, Education of Artificial Desire: Natural Language Algorithms and Crowdsourcing Sentiment Analysis, is based on my research on the use of crowdsourcing as a new form of division of cognitive labor and its use in sentiment analysis problems. The question that arises from this cluster of technologies is that how do we address formations of subjectivities in relation to algorithmic representation of affect that feeds on collective sentiment of networked crowds.

Crowdsourcing, Mechanical Turk, and the Cultural History of Cognitive Labour Apparatus

I will give a presentation at UCSB on February 4th. This will be my second visit to the beautiful UCSB campus three years after our Transliteracies workshop in 2007. Here is the link to the event announcement at UCSB Department of English: Lecture: Ayhan Aytes, “Crowdsourcing, Mechanical Turk and the Cultural History of Cognitive Labor Apparatus”