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Digital neurosis: How our attention is attacked

While I was trying to write a post on artificial intelligence, I was briefly distracted by an article on anxiety disorders. What people with anxiety disorders do, for example, is they get anxious about something trivial, then have an elevated pulse, interpret this body perception as a symptom of a possibly life-threatening situation, call the […]


The narratives of the IT industry

Narratives shape the digital transformation of society much more than we think. We don’t like to admit this because we love the illusion of rational action too much and like to assume objectivity ourselves. But in fact, almost all of us are influenced by narratives. That in itself is neither bad nor good. It is […]


Digital personalisation – future opportunity or dead end (2)

Part 1 of this column highlighted that digital personalisation optimises conditional expectation values to offer tailored products and services and prices. The condition results from the existing data and information about the customers. Ideally, this brings great advantages to customers and providers and changes society profoundly, because the orientation towards the average becomes the orientation […]


Digital personalisation: future opportunity or dead end (1)

In many areas, personalisation represents great progress, economically and socially. It has complex causes and is, among other things, a result of scientific progress (which gradually overcame average thinking), as well as the crisis of industrial society (which led to more modern, customer-oriented marketing approaches), growing value orientation (which divides society today) and, last but […]


The Discretisation of Politics (Part 2)

Does the binary representation of digital data with zeros and ones lead to less compromise and more black-or-white politics? In Part1, I described how the digitalisation of counter-intuitive and promotes the blurred, diffuse, non-resolvable mixed. In Part 2, I discuss options for how digital tools can be used in and change politics. Perhaps the most […]


Discretisation of politics (Part 1)

A few days ago, I was surprised by the thesis that digitalisation is changing politics by making compromise more difficult. What may seem obvious to many readers, I did not understand at first. The analogy between the format of representation in computers and the result of human action was spontaneously incomprehensible to me. Why should […]