AI & Society
|Edited by||Karamjit S. Gill|
AI & Society:knowledge, culture and communication
AI & Society is referred to as a journal of knowledge, culture and communication, the journal has been running since 1987 and focuses on ‘societal issues including the design, use, management, and policy of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical, and philosophical implications’. It is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Springer. The editor-in-chief is Karamjit S. Gill, Brighton University.
Origins of the Journal
The journal was originally conceived as a reaction to the attitude of Technological Determinism emerging from Silicon Valley and was designed to be the theoretical underpinning of the concept of Human-Centred Systems a concepted developed by Mike Cooley in his book “Architect or Bee?”.
The idea for the journal arose from the year-long secondment of Prof Karamjit Gill from 1985 to 1986 to work with Mike Cooley at the Greater London Enterprise Board (GLEB). During his secondment Karamjit organised a seminar “Knowledge and Society” at the MIT in Boston with Prof Joseph Weizenbaum and the resulting discussion led to Karamjit’s suggestion to develop a journal. Mike Cooley became the founding Chairman and later Patron and Prof Karamjit Gill became, and still is, the Founding Editor-in-Chief.
According to Karamjit: “During my time at GLEB, Mike sponsored my research visit to the USA, and introduced me to the late Prof. Joseph Weizenbaum, who in turn introduced me to Marvin Minsky, Seymore Pappert, Hubert Dreyfus, David Noble, Terry Winograd and Bob Lawler. In New York, I met with James Finkelstein and at New Mexico I met Derek Partridge, and Maggie Boden introduced me to Daniel Dennett. They were all to join the Journal as founding members of its Boards. It was during my visit to MIT that the idea of launching an international journal on Knowledge and Society was formulated, during my seminar at the MIT Media Lab organised by Bob Lawler. Both Profs. Weizenbaum and Marvin Minsky supported the idea of a Europe-based journal. On my return to GLEB, I proposed to Mike that we launch the Knowledge and Society journal and he agreed to support it with a focus on the human-centred ethos of science and technology. The proposal for the journal was put to a number of publishers, but it was Springer that responded positively to the idea of a European AI journal.” 
Development of the Journal
AI & Society is referred to as The Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication. The first edition was titled “AI & Society: The Journal of Human Centred Systems” and the second volume was titled “AI & Society: The Journal of Machine Intelligence”. AI & Society, which is now a major international forum for socially responsible technology has been running since 1987 and focuses on ‘societal issues including the design, use, management, and policy of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical, and philosophical implications’ (Springer, 2018). It is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Springer. It covers all aspects of artificial intelligence and its effects on and interaction with society.
- Editor: Karamjit S. Gill, Professor Emeritus, Human Centred Systems, University of Brighton,
- Editor, North America: Victoria Vesna, Department of Design, Media Arts, University of California
- Open Forum Editor: David Smith, Emeritus Professor, University of Wales, Newport,
- Review Editor: Satinder P. Gill, CMS Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK
- Student Forum Editor: Larry Stapleton, INSYTE, Waterford Institute of Technology
Topics covered in the journal include:
- artificial intelligence
- computer science
- engineering economics
- Man-Machine Symbiosis
- Performing Arts
- Methodological approaches in the social sciences.
- https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00146-016-0675-2 | Architect or Bee? Mike Cooley: the human spirit