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March 12th, 2018 by: Kira Lussier

From the Intuitive Human to the Intuitive Computer

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.03.16.01 PDF: Lussier_Intuitive Human In an early scene of Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 romantic science fiction film, the protagonist, Theodore, purchases a new operating system marketed as a revolution in personalized computing. After setting up the operating system, Theodore asks its surprisingly personable female voice (played by…

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March 12th, 2018 by: Colin Garvey

Broken Promises & Empty Threats: The Evolution of AI in the USA, 1956-1996

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.03.16.02 Garvey_Broken Promises Artificial Intelligence (AI) is once again a promising technology. The last time this happened was in the 1980s, and before that, the late 1950s through the early 1960s. In between, commentators often described AI as having fallen into “Winter,” a period of decline, pessimism,…

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March 12th, 2018 by: John Krige

Representing the Life of an Outstanding Chinese Aeronautical Engineer: A Transnational Perspective

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.03.16.04 PDF: Krige_Representing a Life In 1955 a brilliant young engineer who had left China in the 1930s returned home to put his knowledge at the service Mao’s new revolutionary regime.  Qian Xuesen (better known in the West as Hsue-Shen Tsien) graduated from Jiao Tong University in…

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March 12th, 2018 by: Youjung Shin

Hangul and the “Spring” of Artificial Intelligence Research in South Korea

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.03.16.03 PDF: Shin_Hangul Artificial intelligence practitioners and commentators have regarded the late 1980s and early 1990s as an “Artificial Intelligence Winter” for the US, Europe, and Japan. However, this was a very prosperous period for South Korean researchers studying the brain, the computer, and artificial intelligence. As…

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December 4th, 2017 by: Mar Hicks

A Feature, Not a Bug

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.12.04.01 PDF: Hicks_Feature Not a Bug Until recently, the idea that Silicon Valley was a meritocracy seemed firmly enshrined in mainstream U.S. culture. Despite decades of research by sociologists, cultural anthropologists, and historians, popular press often focused on talent more than privilege to explain the successes of…

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December 4th, 2017 by: Anto Mohsin

National Electricity Day: From “Electricity-Minded” Nation to “My Idea for PLN”

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.12.04.04 PDF: Mohsin_National Electricity Day On 27 October 1960 President Sukarno delivered a speech commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the National Electricity and Gas Day in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. At a time when Indonesia was still a young nation and only a handful of urban areas had…

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