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Title: Animate Machines: A study on atypical animacy detection

Abstract:

Technological change has very often been regarded with a combination of fascination and fear, and this is reflected in the way we talk about it: from those who see it as a synonym for progress to those who perceive it as a threat to humanity. Understanding how technological change was received by those who experienced the Industrial Revolution first-hand is one of the goals of the Living with Machines project. Even though machines are essentially artefacts, they often acquire anthropomorphic qualities in discourse and are staged as autonomous agents capable of driving change. In this talk, I will present a new approach to detect atypical cases of animacy based on contextual information. We use 19th Century fine-tuned BERT models in combination with Wordnet’s hypernym structure and animacy information. In particular, our aim is to identify sentences in which a machine occurs in contexts in which one normally expects an animate being, and explore to what extent this can be used as an indicator of machines being attributed human characteristics or behaviour.