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By Orit Halpern

Beautiful Data is either a heritage of massive info and interactivity, and a cosmopolitan meditation on principles approximately imaginative and prescient and cognition within the moment half the 20th century. Contending that our different types of awareness, statement, and fact are contingent and contested, Orit Halpern historicizes the ways in which we're proficient, and teach ourselves, to watch and study the area. Tracing the postwar influence of cybernetics and the communique sciences at the social and human sciences, layout, arts, and concrete making plans, she reveals an intensive shift in attitudes towards recording and exhibiting info. those replaced attitudes produced what she calls communicative objectivity: new types of statement, rationality, and financial system in line with the administration and research of knowledge. Halpern complicates assumptions concerning the price of information and visualization, arguing that alterations in how we deal with and teach belief, and outline cause and intelligence, also are modifications in governmentality. She additionally demanding situations the paradoxical trust that we're experiencing a quandary of consciousness attributable to electronic media, a obstacle that may be resolved simply via intensified media intake.

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59 We must ask: what is at stake in our contemporary amnesia? While contemporary culture looks ever more frequently to neuroscience, behaviorism, and data mining to predict human behavior, economists, policy-­makers and even the public also continue to insist on older nineteenth- and earlier twentieth-­century definitions of consciousness and choice. Politics happens in this interstice between the memory of liberal reason and the embrace of psychotic logics. This interaction between historical forms of reason and contemporary beliefs in cognition and rationality drives the desire to produce computational approaches to intelligence, economy, and governance.

It doesn’t smell very good, it is kind of messy, but by god it is procreative, and it doesn’t make only replicas of itself, as other buildings do. ”5 As Stewart Brand, of Whole Earth Catalogue and Whole Earth ’Lectric Link (well) fame, writes, rad lab was a sort of emergent architecture, a haphazard and growing set of wooden boxes and storage crates that simply grew and adapted, formlessly, to the different interactions of its inhabitants. 6 42_CHAPTER ONE But for all the purported camaraderie and creativity attributed nostalgically to the lab, the milieu was a high-­stress space where the topic at hand was violence at a distance, particularly that coming from aerial warfare with its velocity and territorial reorganization.

Wiener was comfort40_CHAPTER ONE able with acceding that the universe in its plurality might never be known. This accession, however, was only made to allow for the possibility that within far more localized situations, the future—­chance—­might yet be contained by way of technology. But Wiener’s invocation of Freud also complicated his own vision for technology and science. His statements posed the possibility that the contemporary systems he hoped to bring into being were not absolutely amnesic to their history.

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