The new voluntary servitude Investigations into the Silicon Valley’s political project

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The new voluntary servitude

Investigations into the Silicon Valley’s political project

Philippe Vion-Dury

 

That digital society is taking shape at the heart of the Silicon Valley. Encouraged by a spectacular economic success, hi-tech companies plan to transform the world into a better one, taking charge of numerous aspects of people’s everyday life by generalising algorithmic prediction. Mankind becomes totally transparent, while the free-will, creativity and emancipation are now replaced  by anticipation, prediction and regulation. It is far more than a mere digital revolution : it is an actual political project that is at work. It is with rigour and precision that Philippe Vion-Dury reveals how technologies are the bearers of an ideology and a vision of society. He demonstrates That predictive modeling, behavioral analytics, algorithms and connected devices establish a society of control in which the individuals, just as the collective, forsake the command of their future. He explains how the fear to be confronted with solitude, alterity and failure leads people to a new voluntary servitude.

 

The author:

Philippe Vion-Dury is an essayist, journalist, specialist of society issues, new economic models and technologies.

 

 

Autumn 2016

Paperback, 256 p., 20 euros

978-2-36405-145-4

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