Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Algorithms Nevertheless Seem Poised to Take Over"

"What is already happening in medicine is likely to take place in more and more fields. It starts with simple things, like which book to buy and read. How do humanists choose a book? They go to a bookstore, wander between the aisles, flip through one book and read the first few sentences of another, until some gut feeling connects them to a particular tome. Dataists use Amazon. As I enter the Amazon virtual store, a message pops up and tells me: 'I know which books you liked in the past. People with similar tastes also tend to love this or that new book.'
"This is just the beginning."

Yuval Noah Harari at FT Magazine identifies "Dataism" as "an existential challenge" to humanism.

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