“… throughout The Formula, Dormehl signals that he wants us to think carefully about what it means to be human in an age where algorithms increasingly tell us who we are, what we want, and how we’ll come to behave in the future. Indeed, Dormehl goes so far as to declare that our age is marked by a ‘crisis of self,’ where the Enlightenment conception of ‘autonomous individuals’ is challenged by an algorithmic alternative. Individuals have become construed as ‘one categorizable node in an aggregate mass.'”
Evan Selinger on The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems — And Create More, by Evan Selinger, LA Review of Books, February 17, 2015
Gosh, the self in a node of aggregate mass; are we doomed or what?
I love the internet, but I’m not sure I’m ready for nodehood (yet).