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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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Bodies into Facts

Bodies into Facts

(p.114) 5 Bodies into Facts
Technologies of Speculation

Sun-ha Hong

NYU Press

The rapid expansion of machinic knowledge provokes new kinds of speculative heuristics, offering deferred and simulated ways of feeling like we know. Examining sting operations, zero-tolerance rhetoric, and drone warfare, this chapter traces three such techniques of fabrication: subjunctivity, an “as if” form of reasoning; interpassivity, the designation of an other who knows in my stead; and zero-degree risk, where the language of calculable risk is used to paper over the incalculable uncertainties surrounding surveillance and terrorism.

Keywords:   Subjunctivity, Interpassivity, Risk, Uncertainty, Sting operation, Zero tolerance

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