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Research Project

The Future of Prediction

The spread of learning algorithms is changing the meaning and forms of prediction, affecting the image of the future and the way to deal with it in the present. Whereas in the modern view the future is seen as open and unknowable because it does not yet exist and depends on present actions and expectations, today’s predictive algorithms claim to foresee the future  providing an individual score for singular persons or events. But knowing the future in advance is not only advantageous. In fact, for our society, shared uncertainty about the future is also a resource. What happens to the stabilized forms of management of the future as a consequence of digital techniques? 

Elena Esposito