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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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(p.181) Conclusion
Technologies of Speculation

Sun-ha Hong

NYU Press

The recurring disappointments of technological fantasies, and data-driven knowledge’s destabilization of the liberal subject, produce urgent political and ethical questions around the technological pursuit of better knowledge. These questions cannot be answered through metrics, such as efficiency and accuracy, tools offered by technology to assess its own legitimacy. Critique must take up the task of disrespecting the rationality of technology, a rationality that is increasingly “not for us” and to build the external moral standards through which it can be held to account.

Keywords:   Technology, EthicsLiberal subjectCritique

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