Algorithms, big data and the politics of AI / Quantified self, Quantifiable self

Algorithms, big data and the politics of AI
Quantified self, Quantifiable self

Deleuze & Data on the Loose

In the ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, philosopher Gilles Deleuze recognises an apparatus of control that penetrates society, moving forward from the societies of discipline coined by Michel Foucault. Foucault said that the individual passes from one enclosed environment to another, each having its own laws: first the family; then the school; then the barracks; thenContinue reading “Deleuze & Data on the Loose”

The Quantified Self Myth

The Quantified Self Movement refers to a method of self-tracking that makes use of wearables and technology to produce data on everyday activities, which can be used to make positive changes and become the best version of yourself. There are various fields that can be tracked and assessed like weight, sleeping patterns, cravings, mood andContinue reading “The Quantified Self Myth”

Algorithm Accountability: The Incoming Technocratic Age

Fake news, propaganda and questions about the credibility of information continue to cloud political and cultural developments that are shaping our world. Although fake news has always existed in one form or another, the current hype serves as a red herring that hides the deep political dysfunction in societies in the post-truth environment. The primaryContinue reading “Algorithm Accountability: The Incoming Technocratic Age”

Towards inclusive and careful menstrual tracking apps

In 2014 Rose Eveleth wrote a lively article on how self-tracking apps exclude women. She bases this conclusion on many cases in which women’s needs have fallen short. A famous example thereof is Apple’s HealthKit app, which did not include a function for tracking menstruation upon its first launch. The justified outcry that followed thisContinue reading “Towards inclusive and careful menstrual tracking apps”

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