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You cannot be serious! Public understanding of technology with special reference to 'Hawk-Eye'

Collins, Harold Maurice and Evans, Robert John 2008. You cannot be serious! Public understanding of technology with special reference to 'Hawk-Eye'. Public Understanding of Science 17 (3) , pp. 283-308. 10.1177/0963662508093370

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Abstract

Public understanding of science, though it approaches the specialist knowledge of experts only in rare circumstances, can be enhanced more broadly in respect of the processes of science and technology. The public understanding of measurement errors and confidence intervals could be enhanced if “sports decision aids,” such as the Hawk-Eye system, were to present their results in a different way. There is a danger that Hawk-Eye as used could inadvertently cause naïve viewers to overestimate the ability of technological devices to resolve disagreement among humans because measurement errors are not made salient. For example, virtual reconstructions can easily be taken to show “exactly what really happened.” Suggestions are made for how confidence levels might be measured and represented and “health warnings” attached to reconstructions. A general principle for the use of sports decision aids is put forward. A set of open questions about Hawk-Eye is presented which, if answered, could help inform discussions of its use and accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports decision aids; Hawk-Eye; public understanding of technology; simulations; cricket; tennis
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0963-6625
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 22:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19095

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