1. Sean Zdenek (2003). Artificial Intelligence as a Discursive Practice: The Case of Embodied Software Agent Systems. [REVIEW] AI and Society 17 (3-4):340-363.
    In this paper, I explore some of the ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) is mediated discursively. I assume that AI is informed by an “ancestral dream” to reproduce nature by artificial means. This dream drives the production of “cyborg discourse”, which hinges on the belief that human nature (especially intelligence) can be reduced to symbol manipulation and hence replicated in a machine. Cyborg discourse, I suggest, produces AI systems by rhetorical means; it does not merely describe AI systems or (...)
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  2. Sean Zdenek (2001). Passing Loebner's Turing Test: A Case of Conflicting Discourse Functions. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 11 (1):53-76.
    This paper argues that the Turing test is based on a fixed and de-contextualized view of communicative competence. According to this view, a machine that passes the test will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of other situations. But the de-contextualized view ignores the relationship between language and social context, or, to put it another way, the extent to which speakers respond dynamically to variations in discourse function, formality level, social distance/solidarity among participants, and participants' relative (...)
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  3. Sean Zdenek (2000). Avatars of the Word. Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 30 (1):29.
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