Hagen Engler
4 minute read
12 Sep 2021
5:15 am

Humans are worth more than our data. But not much more

Hagen Engler

Our every move can be quantified and datafied, which will surely confirm that we are each unique, but then we knew that already.

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As I waited for my phone to charge so I could go for a run, I was struck by the authoritative role of the internet in modern life. Whatever else it does, the online world now provides the stamp of authenticity on many of our cultural activities. It’s ironic that the primary vehicle for fake news and misinformation is also the same virtual platform that endorses so many of today’s human endeavours. For many of us, something hasn’t really happened until we’ve put it online. This is often because online tools, platforms and applications can add context and insights to...