Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 623. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-02-22 08:07:41+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: network analytics In recent conversations with a colleague on work in AI and related areas, I've been made aware of how problematic claims made on behalf of 'Big Data' can be, or in principle are. In work stretching back to the 1990s, Paul Edwards has shown for global climate science how the notion that such Big Data converges on an 'objective' truth is deeply flawed. I'd very much like to know about other such work, especially anything that makes the argument in general but with examples. The trigger this morning, however, comes via the blog of the London Review of Books for 19 February, in an entry by Eyal Weizman, "The algorithm is watching you"*, on the network analytics that resulted in his exclusion from the U.S. Weizman comments: > This much we know: we are being electronically monitored for a set of > connections – the network of associations, people, places, calls and > transactions – that make up our lives. Such network analysis poses > many problems, some of which are well known. The political and personal dimensions of the problem are obviously serious. My specific concern here is the way in which naive assumptions we make in the course of our data analytics supports such flagrant misuse as Weizman reports. Even if we assume that the object of the enquiring gaze is correctly identified, there is a fundamental problem: we are as far if not further from 'objectivity' as ever. Those who are familiar with Daston and Galison, Objectivity (2007), ground for which was laid by Galison in "Objectivity is Romantic" (1999)**, know this already, of course. Comments? Yours, WM --- *https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/february/the-algorithm-is-watching-you?utm_camp aign=20200221%20icymi&utm_content=ukrw_subs_icymi&utm_medium=email&utm_source=LR B%20icymi **http://archives.acls.org/op/op47-3.htm -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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