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Aeromobilities in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Weiqiang Lin

for the mass automation in many aspects of terminal operations. With human touchpoints increasingly deemed to be risky on the health front, there is a global urgency to convert many of what used to be manual facilitation procedures into machine

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Models for Collaboration between Anthropology and Computational Sciences

Jonas Falzarano Jessen, Adrienne Mannov, and Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen

engineering-led project, Smart Water Infrastructures (SWIft), which works to optimise water flows and management by developing algorithms and automation technologies without compromising data security and privacy. From its onset, ethnographic observations

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Special Issue Editorial Introduction: Entangling Data while Entangling Disciplines

Discussing the Future of Anthropological Collaborations with Data Scientists

Roberta Raffaetà, Giovanna Santanera, and Francesca Esposito

critical insights about their production and implementation. They have addressed the effects of algorithmic automation (e.g. increasing surveillance, inequality exacerbation, new forms of discrimination) and conducted fieldwork among data scientists in

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New Perspectives in Aviation History: Flight Experiences of German Military Pilots

Christian Kehrt

A closer look at military pilots promises new insights into processes of automation, changing man-machine relations, and the cultural and political meaning of these experiences. The review of recent scholarship is combined with concrete historical examples. By drawing from the German case between the two world wars, the author discusses how the material and cultural experience of flight can be investigated and which new directions such an approach makes possible.

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More Than Trolleys

Plausible, Ethically Ambiguous Scenarios Likely to Be Encountered by Automated Vehicles

Noah Goodall

Simultaneously, governments and industry are investing in smart infrastructure such as wireless communication networks to support the automation of driving. 3 It is difficult to overstate the impact that reliable, capable, computer-driven vehicles will have on

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Autonomous Vehicles and Gender

A Commentary

Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

taxonomy that moves from 1 (No Automation) all the way to 6 (Full Automation), with intervening numbers indicating increasing levels of automated technology. 2 When asked about these levels, people indicate concerns as to whether self-driving vehicles will

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Elizabeth Jochum, Graeme Stout, and Brian Bergen-Aurand

directs attention to dehumanizing practices that persist in the automation of devalued labor, labor that continues to be devalued, Rhee argues, because of its associations with gender and race. The first three chapters focus on what Rhee (after Leopoldina

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Oceanic Travels

Future Voyages for Moving Deep and Wide within the “New Mobilities Paradigm”

Kimberley Peters and Rachael Squire

investigation under the remit of the “new mobilities paradigm.” Autonomous Vessels For some time, disciplines (such as Science and Technology Studies and Geography) have paid attention to the role of robotics and automation and implications of this for

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

Nevertheless, very little scholarship has been dedicated to the gender dimension of transportation transitions, especially the transformation of masculinity by automation. 15 Our special section explores this topic in detail: How might the hegemonic

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Inside the global teaching machine

MOOCs, academic labour and the future of the university

Michael A. Peters

focused on the transmission of information, with high quality content delivery, computer-marked assessment (mainly for student feedback purposes), and automation of all key transactions between participants and the learning platform. By contrast, cMOOCs