DUOJulie Favreau & Effy Vayena

GETTING THE BETTER OF ME: BEING ONESELF IN THE BIG DATA WORLD. – Effy Vayena –

En cours de traduction

Devices and systems that continuously capture our data populate the world we live in. These data driven practices do so in the name of efficiency and the improvement of mundane daily tasks, sleep patterns, decision-making habits, our relationships, and ourselves as a whole.

A radiant example is the “wellness” domain, composed of infinite wellbeing apps and related AI based service. In this context, ubiquitous data capturing, and processing systems claim to tell us who we are, while simultaneously fueling and constructing an imperative of improvement.

I argue that the unfettered promotion of an unexamined imperative of a “better self”, comes at the cost of privacy, at the expense of our limited attention and ultimately forces delegation of our agency. If this is correct, the question is – who is actually getting better, at what and why?