Dataism is the new religion of the 21st century. The greatest good it upholds? Freedom of information.
You may not agree with it, but Dataism is current scientific dogma that is most firmly entrenched in its two mother disciplines of computer science and biology. Dataism sees organisms are algorithms. Homo sapiens is neither the apex of creation nor the precursor of a future Homo deus. Instead, humans are tools for creating the Internet-of-All-Things, with which we will eventually merge.
“By equating the human experience with data patterns, Dataism undermines our primary source of authority and meaning and heralds a tremendous religious revolution, the like of which has not been seen since the eighteenth century. In the days of Locke, Hume and Voltaire humanists argued that ‘God is a product of the human imagination’. Dataism now gives humanists a taste of their own medicine, and tells them: ‘Yes, God is a product of the human imagination, but human imagination in turn is just the product of biochemical algorithms.’ In the eighteenth century, humanism sidelined God by shifting from a deo-centric to a homo-centric world view. In the twenty-first century, Dataism may sideline humans by shifting from a homo-centric to a data-centric view.”
“Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari is the fourth book I’ve finished this year. Just 56 more to go.
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