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Facing Recognition – Talk and Discussion

with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
by Jan Distelmeyer, Christian Schwinghammer

Facing Recognition

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby)

What does recognition mean in an era of pervasive data capture and automatic pattern detection? Tracing the historical move from “pattern discrimination” to “pattern recognition,” this talk unpacks the logic and politics of recognition at the core of systems designed to automatically identify and classify users. It argues for the centrality of the humanities in understanding how we have become characters in a drama called “Big Data.”