The Guardian: Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech’s ‘decisions by data’

Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech's 'decisions by data'

In the early 1970s, Hannah Arendt wrote a devastating critique of the Pentagon's Vietnam-era penchant for policy by counting. "The problem-solvers did not judge," she wrote. "They calculated." Exuding the spirit of gamblers rather than statesmen, the decision-makers played "the percentage game", counting whatever could be counted and ignoring the rest, or the underlying problems, with "an utterly irrational confidence in the calculability of reality".


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Original Title: Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech's 'decisions by data'

External source: The Guardian

Author: Julia Powles

Publication date: 10/08/2016