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Life by AlgorithmsHow Roboprocesses Are Remaking Our World$
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Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226627427

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226627731.001.0001

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Remaking the World

(p.165) Afterword
Life by Algorithms

Catherine Besteman

University of Chicago Press

The afterward to Life by Algorithms assesses the implications of a world of ubiquitous roboprocesses, or algorithmic ordering systems. In addition to their lack of transparency, accountability, and consent, and their reliance on secrecy, algorithmically based systems of quantification, ordering and automation have a massive reach and offer few opportunities for contestation. Algorithms fuel the spreading security state of constant surveillance and the neoliberal drive toward profitability. The consequences of roboprocesses include zombification, the transformation of citizen-subjects into consumer-subjects, the proliferation of secrecy that underwrites the rise of new institutions of wealth and power, expanding inequality, and the transformation of selfhood through algorithmic self-monitoring. The chapter concludes with some examples of new efforts toward algorithmic accountability.

Keywords:   Algorithms, Quantification, Automation

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