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Social forecasting, future studies

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The End of the Future Governing Consequence in the Age of Digital Sovereignty

The End of the Future Governing Consequence in the Age of Digital Sovereignty

Author: Stephanie Polsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

We are now entering an era where the human world assumes recognition of itself as data. Much of humanity's basis for existence is becoming subordinate to software processes that tabulate, index, and sort the relations that comprise what we perceive as reality. The acceleration of data collection threatens to relinquish ephemeral modes of representation to ceaseless processes of computation. This situation compels the human world to form relations with non-human agencies, to establish exchanges with software processes in order to allow a profound upgrade of our own ontological understanding. By mediating with a higher intelligence, we may be able to rediscover the inner logic of the age of intelligent machines. In The End of the Future, Stephanie Polsky conceives an understanding of the digital through its dynamic intersection with the advent and development of the nation-state, race, colonization, navigational warfare, mercantilism, and capitalism, and the mathematical sciences over the past five centuries, the era during which the world became modern. The book animates the twenty-first century as an era in which the screen has split off from itself and proliferated onto multiple surfaces, allowing an inverted image of totalitarianism to flash up and be altered to support our present condition of binary apperception. It progresses through a recognition of atomized political power, whose authority lies in the control not of the means of production, but of information, and in which digital media now serves to legitimize and promote a customized micropolitics of identity management. On this new apostolate plane, humanity may be able to shape a new world in which each human soul is captured and reproduced as an autonomous individual bearing affects and identities. The digital infrastructure of the twenty-first century makes it possible for power to operate through an esoteric mathematical means, and for factual material to be manipulated in the interest of advancing the means of control. This volume travels a course from Elizabethan England, to North American slavery, through cybernetic Social Engineering, Cold War counterinsurgency, and the (neo)libertarianism of Silicon Valley in order to arrive at a place where an organizing intelligence that started from an ambition to resourcefully manipulate physical bodies has ended with their profound neutralization.

The World Ahead An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

The World Ahead An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

Author: Margaret Mead Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2019

Born in the first year of the 20th century, it is fitting that Margaret Mead should have been one of the first anthropologists to use anthropological analysis to study the future course of human civilization. This volume collects, for the first time, her writings on the future of humanity and how humans can shape that future through purposeful action. For Mead, the study of the future was born out of her lifelong interest in processes of change. Many of these papers were originally published as conference proceedings or in limited-circulation journals, testimony before government bodies and chapters in works edited by others. They show Mead's wisdom, prescience and concern for the future of humanity.

Black Box A Record of the Catastrophe, Volume Two

Black Box A Record of the Catastrophe, Volume Two

Author: The Black Box Collective Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2019

How to Predict Everything The Formula Transforming What We Know About Life and the Universe

How to Predict Everything The Formula Transforming What We Know About Life and the Universe

Author: William Poundstone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

How do you predict something that has never happened before? There's a useful calculation being employed by Wall Street, Silicon Valley and maths professors all over the world, and it predicts that the human species will become extinct in 760 years. Unfortunately, there is disagreement over how to apply the formula, and some argue that we might only have twenty years left. Originally devised by British clergyman Thomas Bayes, the theorem languished in obscurity for two hundred years before being resurrected as the lynchpin of the digital economy. With brief detours into archaeology, philology, and overdue library books, William Poundstone explains how we can use it to predict pretty much anything. What is the chance that there are multiple universes? How long will Hamilton run? Will the US stock market continue to perform as well this century as it has for the last hundred years? And are we really all doomed?

Und Sie Erkannten Sich Das Ende Der Sexuellen Gewalt

Und Sie Erkannten Sich Das Ende Der Sexuellen Gewalt

Author: Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtenfels Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2019

The Metric Society On the Quantification of the Social

The Metric Society On the Quantification of the Social

Author: Steffen Mau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2019

In today's world, numbers are in the ascendancy. Societies dominated by star ratings, scores, likes and lists are rapidly emerging, as data are collected on virtually every aspect of our lives. From annual university rankings, ratings agencies and fitness tracking technologies to our credit score and health status, everything and everybody is measured and evaluated. In this important new book, Steffen Mau offers a critical analysis of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon. While the original intention behind the drive to quantify may have been to build trust and transparency, Mau shows how metrics have in fact become a form of social conditioning. The ubiquitous language of ranking and scoring has changed profoundly our perception of value and status. What is more, through quantification, our capacity for competition and comparison has expanded significantly - we can now measure ourselves against others in practically every area. The rise of quantification has created and strengthened social hierarchies, transforming qualitative differences into quantitative inequalities that play a decisive role in shaping the life chances of individuals. This timely analysis of the pernicious impact of quantification will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences, as well as anyone concerned by the cult of numbers and its impact on our lives and societies today.

The Metric Society On the Quantification of the Social

The Metric Society On the Quantification of the Social

Author: Steffen Mau Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2019

In today's world, numbers are in the ascendancy. Societies dominated by star ratings, scores, likes and lists are rapidly emerging, as data are collected on virtually every aspect of our lives. From annual university rankings, ratings agencies and fitness tracking technologies to our credit score and health status, everything and everybody is measured and evaluated. In this important new book, Steffen Mau offers a critical analysis of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon. While the original intention behind the drive to quantify may have been to build trust and transparency, Mau shows how metrics have in fact become a form of social conditioning. The ubiquitous language of ranking and scoring has changed profoundly our perception of value and status. What is more, through quantification, our capacity for competition and comparison has expanded significantly - we can now measure ourselves against others in practically every area. The rise of quantification has created and strengthened social hierarchies, transforming qualitative differences into quantitative inequalities that play a decisive role in shaping the life chances of individuals. This timely analysis of the pernicious impact of quantification will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences, as well as anyone concerned by the cult of numbers and its impact on our lives and societies today.

The Worst Is Yet To Come A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide

The Worst Is Yet To Come A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide

Author: Peter Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2019

Capitalism is committing suicide, and threatening to take us down with it. But will it give way to a grand social utopia or the beginning of a new, wifi-enabled dark age?The Worst Is Yet To Come explores the disturbing possibility that the current crisis of neoliberal capitalism may spawn a world that is much, much worse.If our grandchildren are to survive the implosion of capitalism - for the chances we will are fairly slim - then a realistic picture of the nightmare to come is crucial. Only an unwavering attitude of revolutionary pessimism will help us to prepare accordingly. For the apocalypse will almost certainly be disappointing.

2062: The World that AI Made

2062: The World that AI Made

Author: Toby Walsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Saving Humanity Truly Understanding and Ranking Our World's Greatest Threats

Saving Humanity Truly Understanding and Ranking Our World's Greatest Threats

Author: Jiaqi Hu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Trump

Trump

Author: Peter Von Andrian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018