Algorithms and Medial Efficacy

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Today, many urgent voices warn us of impending digital totalitarianism: 24/7 surveillance; the unavoidable interlinking of medical, financial and criminal records with pernicious feedback loops; the elimination of free will (Hendricks & Vestergaard; Han). These pleas are based on the linear link between digital systems, programming, and human intention. In this article, I suggest that the problem is both more mysterious and legally more slippery and that the new enclosure arises from medial efficacy: the algorithmic ordering of time, space, objects, and action; repetition; and contagion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Philosophical Salon
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020


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