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Technologies of SpeculationThe Limits of Knowledge in a Data-Driven Society$
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Sun-ha Hong

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860234

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860234.001.0001

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Honeymoon Objectivity

Honeymoon Objectivity

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Technologies of Speculation

Sun-ha Hong

NYU Press

Technologies of datafication exert their societal influence through a recurring modern fantasy of “honeymoon objectivity,” wherein technoscience might purify complex social problems and human biases to produce a stable grounding for judgment. Although fulfillment is constantly deferred, this fantasy enrolls society in a fast-expanding data market. Problems of criminal justice, political will, self-knowledge, and economic success are subordinated to the logic of surveillance capitalism and its search for meaning-indifferent, commercially recombinable data.

Keywords:   Objectivity, Technoscience, Surveillance capitalism

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