The Rise of Algorithmic Society and the Strategic Role of Arts and Culture

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The Rise of Algorithmic Society and the Strategic Role of Arts and Culture

9781035302536 Edward Elgar Publishing
Luciana Lazzeretti, Professor of Economics and Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03530 253 6 Extent: c 144 pp
Illustrating the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and changes it has generated in the economy, society and culture, this expansive book continues the debate concerning the digital revolution and the rise of the algorithmic society.

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Illustrating the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the changes it has generated in the economy, society and culture, this expansive book continues the debate concerning the digital revolution and the rise of the algorithmic society.

Examining technological, economic and social transformations, and the role played by culture in terms of risks and new opportunities, Luciana Lazzeretti expertly reviews the issues surrounding the economics of innovation and the interaction with culture, creativity and local development to establish a future agenda for research. Commencing with a historical overview, Lazzeretti discusses how culture and creativity allow us to face the challenges of the new digital revolution and provides insightful antidotes to the risks generated by the rise and evolution of an algorithmic society. The key elements of the art of imagination and human intelligence are examined together with their mutual interactions and relationship with AI as they continue to remain intertwined.

With a contemporary approach, this invaluable book will be an excellent resource for researchers and scholars interested in cultural economy and digitalization of cultural heritage. It will also be of interest to professionals who want to develop competencies relating to new technologies and the role of cultural organizations in the digital revolution.
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‘Lazzeretti describes an unbrave new world where metrics run wild and humans have a hard time imposing a logic of “responsible innovations.” To overcome the tyranny of data-driven decisions, she urges a return to narrative, craftsmanship, and trust – a sane, creative plea to protect memory and diversity while nurturing economic growth.’
– Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center, New York, US and author of The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy

‘This important book demystifies; artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, digital “learning“ and “big data“, their malign designs and benign uses. Museums suffer attacks, so high security demands toughened glass and high hanging for masterpieces. But digital reproduction returns their original colours, durability and accessibility. This take on “algorithmic society“ is valuable, useful and thought-provoking in equal measure.’
– Philip Cooke, The Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development, Bergen, Norway
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