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The Theory and Practice of Social Machines

  • Nigel Shadbolt
  • Kieron O’Hara
  • David De Roure
  • Wendy Hall

Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nigel Shadbolt, Kieron O’Hara, David De Roure, Wendy Hall
    Pages 1-41
  3. Nigel Shadbolt, Kieron O’Hara, David De Roure, Wendy Hall
    Pages 43-102
  4. Nigel Shadbolt, Kieron O’Hara, David De Roure, Wendy Hall
    Pages 103-147
  5. Nigel Shadbolt, Kieron O’Hara, David De Roure, Wendy Hall
    Pages 149-200
  6. Nigel Shadbolt, Kieron O’Hara, David De Roure, Wendy Hall
    Pages 201-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-260

About this book

Introduction

Social machines are a type of network connected by interactive digital devices made possible by the ubiquitous adoption of technologies such as the Internet, the smartphone, social media and the read/write World Wide Web, connecting people at scale to document situations, cooperate on tasks, exchange information, or even simply to play. Existing social processes may be scaled up, and new social processes enabled, to solve problems, augment reality, create new sources of value, and disrupt existing practice.

This book considers what talents one would need to understand or build a social machine, describes the state of the art, and speculates on the future, from the perspective of the EPSRC project SOCIAM – The Theory and Practice of Social Machines. The aim is to develop a set of tools and techniques for investigating, constructing and facilitating social machines, to enable us to narrow down pragmatically what is becoming a wide space, by asking ‘when will it be valuable to use these methods on a sociotechnical system?’ The systems for which the use of these methods adds value are social machines in which there is rich person-to-person communication, and where a large proportion of the machine’s behaviour is constituted by human interaction.

Keywords

classifying social machines implementing social machines ecosystems of social machines accountability of social machines social machines and privacy Computational social intelligence Social networking intelligence SOCIAM project

Authors and affiliations

  • Nigel Shadbolt
    • 1
  • Kieron O’Hara
    • 2
  • David De Roure
    • 3
  • Wendy Hall
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Oxford eResearch CentreUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  4. 4.Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10889-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10888-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10889-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5428
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5436
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