Datafication and universities

The convergence of spies, scholars and science

Authored by: Richard J. Aldrich , Melina J. Dobson

The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138572416
eBook ISBN: 9780203702086
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In his widely read book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari predicts the radical transformation of human society by digital technology (2016). Harari explores ‘dataism’ or ‘datafication’, a viewpoint that suggests data-flows are the fundamental building blocks of the universe. Dataism attaches equal or possibly even higher value to conclusions gained from data-flow than from human experience, since it is free from bias and offers advanced opportunities for data analysis. Dataism might even be categorised as a ‘new religion’, which considers the world, indeed the universe as simply a cosmic data-processing system.

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