Dr. Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Political Science, Western) presented a lecture called “Apps: Approaching Postman Politics” to a small but eager crowd at noon on October 19, 2017 at Hawk’s Nest.
Dr. Mellamphy warned that the allure of digital connectivity has morphed our society into one governed by Big Data, where humans have become datafied. Posthuman governance is replacing human-centered systems. For examples, weapons now operate efficiently without human intervention.
In our daily lives, we exist under a Panopticon and our activities have become permanently visible to data collectors, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Social norms have been re-engineered for data collection and are subject to be digitally compromised.
Mellamphy: “Humans are undermined by being over-mined….”
Dr. Mellamphy’s talk was sponsored by the Posthuman Research Network.
Photos and report by Eleanor Ty