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Human-Machine Communication

Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves

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Edited By Andrea L. Guzman

From virtual assistants to social robots, people are increasingly interacting with intelligent and highly communicative technologies throughout their daily lives. This shift from communicating with people to communicating with people and machines challenges how scholars have theorized and studied communication. Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves addresses this transition in how people communicate and who, or what, they communicate with and the implications of this evolution for communication research. Geared toward scholars interested in people’s interactions with technology, this book serves as an introduction to human-machine communication (HMC) as a specific area of study within communication (encompassing human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and human-agent interaction) and to the research possibilities of HMC. This collection includes papers presented as part of a scholarly conference on HMC, along with invited works from noted researchers. Topics include defining HMC, theoretical approaches to HMC, applications of HMC, and the larger implications of HMC for self and society. The research presented here focuses on people’s interactions with multiple technologies (artificial intelligence, algorithms, and robots) used within different contexts (home, workplace, education, journalism, and healthcare) from a variety of epistemological and methodological approaches (empirical, rhetorical, and critical/cultural). Overall, Human-Machine Communication provides readers with an understanding of HMC in a way that supports and promotes further scholarly inquiry in a growing area of communication research.

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Andrea L. Guzman is an assistant professor of communication at Northern Illinois University (USA) where her research focuses on Human-Machine Communication, people’s perceptions of artificial intelligence technologies that function as communicators, and automated journalism. Guzman has been integral in spearheading the formalization of HMC within the communication discipline. Guzman’s research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, First Monday, and Communication +1 and has been presented at leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary conferences where it has garnered awards at the National Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Guzman is a Kopenhaver Center Fellow. More about Guzman’s work is available at andrealguzman.net.

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