Driven by Data
Technologies of datafication pursue the familiar modern promise of better knowledge—and, in doing so, reshape what counts as knowledge in their own image. The fantasy of raw data, objective truth, and predictive control licenses a new array of fabrications: approximations are solidified into facts; algorithmic biases, endowed with neutrality; and uncertainties, upgraded into predictions. Big data and smart machines are technologies of speculation that are establishing new societal defaults for what counts as truth.
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