The Routledge Social Science Handbook of AI is a landmark volume providing students and teachers with a comprehensive and accessible guide to the major topics and trends of research in the social sciences of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as surveying how the digital revolution – from supercomputers and social media to advanced automation and robotics – is transforming society, culture, politics and economy.

The Handbook provides representative coverage of the full range of social science engagements with the AI revolution, from employment and jobs to education and new digital skills to automated technologies of military warfare and the future of ethics. The reference work is introduced by editor Anthony Elliott, who addresses the question of relationship of  social sciences to artificial intelligence, and who surveys various convergences and divergences between contemporary social theory and the digital revolution.

The Handbook is exceptionally wide-ranging in span, covering topics all the way from AI technologies in everyday life to single-purpose robots throughout home and work life, and from the mainstreaming of human-machine interfaces to the latest advances in AI, such as the ability to mimic (and improve on) many aspects of human brain function.

A unique integration of social science on the one hand and new technologies of artificial intelligence on the other, this Handbook offers readers new ways of understanding the rise of AI and its associated global transformations. Written in a clear and direct style, the Handbook  will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience.

part I|154 pages

Social science approaches to artificial intelligence

chapter 1|14 pages

The complex systems of AI

Recent trajectories of social theory

chapter 2|13 pages

Geographies of AI

chapter 4|16 pages

AI in the age of technoscience

On the rise of data-driven AI and its epistem-ontological foundations

chapter 6|16 pages

Affects after AI

Sociological perspectives on artificial companionship

chapter 7|15 pages

Anthropology, AI and robotics

part II|202 pages

Fields of artificial intelligence in social science research

chapter 11|16 pages

Ambivalent places of politics

The social construction of certainties in automated mobilities and artificial intelligence

chapter 15|14 pages

Lethal autonomous weapons systems

chapter 17|15 pages


Ageing and robotic care 1

chapter 18|14 pages

Big data and data analytics

chapter 19|18 pages

AI, culture industries and entertainment

chapter 21|18 pages

AI, smart borders and migration 1