Online lecture: Miriam Rasch

Friction, Ethics in Times of Dataism

Miriam Rasch is a philosopher, researcher and author of the book Friction, Ethics in Times of Dataism. For IMPAKT she speaks about our strong belief in data: what is the value and what are the pitfalls of this way of thinking?

Data is seen as the new gold of our technology-driven world. Rasch, however, argues against the belief that everything that exists can be translated in terms of data. Rash contrasts this so-called ‘dataism’ with the concept of ‘friction’, to describe the need for distance between humans and the world in order to think.

Rasch’s online lecture is part of We Are Data: a webproject focussing on the complexities of data and technology. We Are Data is a collaboration between IMPAKT and the Egyptian Media Arts Festival Cairotronica. In addition to Rash’s contribution, you will also find talks by Evgeny Morozov, Nagla Rizk and many others.

We Are Data is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Arts and the Tahrir Cultural Center (TCC).

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