Michael Castelle

Assistant Professor

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM)
University of Warwick

[Homepage at CIM Warwick]

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Spring 2019 IM931 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Machine Learning
Fall 2017, 2018 QS906 Big Data: Hype or Revolution?

Posts / Essays

September 28 2018 “Social Theory for Generative Networks (and Vice Versa)”
September 15 2018 “Deep Learning as an Epistemic Ensemble”

Upcoming Work

  • (Book chapter) "What Type of Learning is Machine Learning?" with Tyler Reigeluth. In edited volume A Cultural Life of Machine Learning, Roberge, J. and Castelle, M., Eds. (TBA 2020)

  • (Conference workshop) "AI beyond rationality: How to co-exist with creative, imaginative, and agentive social learning machines?" with Katya de Vries. Annual Conference of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RSCL), 24-26 August 2020.

  • (Presentation) "Multilingual Transformers: Linguistic Relativity for the 21st Century", Disrupting Digital Monolingualism, 16-17 June 2020.

Recent Publications

2020 “The Social Lives of Generative Adversarial Networks” (Extended Abstract). ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*) (now FAccT). (Preprint of full version available)

2019 “Middleware's Message: The Financial Technics of Codata”, Philosophy & Technology (Open Access).

2018 “The Linguistic Ideologies of Deep Abusive Language Classification”. 2nd Abusive Language Workshop, EMNLP (Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing).

2017 “Transaction and Message: From Database to Marketplace, 1970-2000”. Ph.D. thesis, University of Chicago.

2016 “Marketplace platforms or exchanges? Financial metaphors for regulating the collaborative economy”. Economic Sociology: European Electronic Newsletter, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2016.

2016 “Where do Electronic Markets Come From? Regulation and the Transformation of Financial Exchanges” (with Yuval Millo (University of Warwick), Daniel Beunza (London School of Economics), and David Lubin (University of Chicago)). Economy and Society, 45(2), 166-200.

2013 “Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy.” Computational Culture (3).

Recent Presentations and Co-Organized Conferences

2020 “The Social Lives of Generative Adversarial Networks", ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Barcelona, 29 January 2020. (Video available)

2019 “The Architecture of ‘Attention’: Uncrumpling NLP’s Linguistic Ideologies", Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans, 5th September 2019.

2019 “Are Neural Networks Neoclassical? Utility, Cost, and Loss from Wald to TensorFlow”, Towards a History of Artificial Intelligence, Workshop at Columbia University, 23 May 2019. (Video available)

2018 The Cultural Life of Machine Learning: An Incursion into Critical AI Studies, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 1-day Preconference; co-organized with Jonathan Roberge and Thomas Crosbie. Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montréal, 10th October 2018.

2018 “Social Theory for Generative Networks, and Vice Versa", Creative AI Meetup, London, 2nd July 2018.

2018 “Deep Learning and the Coming Crisis/Opportunity for Social Theory”:

2018 “Middleware’s Presentism: Asynchrony, Flow, Finance, and the Enterprise”, History and Philosophy of Programming (HaPoP), Oxford UK, 23rd March 2018.

2017 “Brokers, Queues, and Flows: Techniques of Financialization and Consolidation”, Data Power, 22nd June 2017, Carleton University. (Video available) (Slides available)