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Technologies of Speculation: The Limits of Knowledge in a Data-Driven Society

Sun-ha Hong


What counts as knowledge in the age of big data and smart machines? Technologies of datafication renew the long modern promise of turning bodies into facts. They seek to take human intentions, emotions, and behavior and to turn these messy realities into discrete and stable truths. But in pursuing better knowledge, technology is reshaping in its image what counts as knowledge. The push for algorithmic certainty sets loose an expansive array of incomplete archives, speculative judgments, and simulated futures. Too often, data generates speculation as much as it does information. Technologies of ... More

Keywords: Big data, Smart machines, Surveillance, Self-tracking, Knowledge, Uncertainty, Future

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479860234
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479860234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sun-ha Hong, author
Simon Fraser University