Week 12: Computation and Culture – Comments on the readings
I found a couple articles in the popular media that reflect interesting aspects of Golumbia’s assertions in The Cultural Logic of Computation.
The first article, Does Apple Have a Big Data Problem?, is from last year. When Apple built its own mapping platform, the results turned out to be a disappointment and frustration to many of it’s users. Here we have a real world situation of Golumbia’s claim that those who are most often served by the advancement of computerization are those who are already in power (in this case, Google). This is summarized in the last paragraph of the article:
Apple’s issues with mapping illustrate (pun intended) how some services are only possible with years’ worth of rigorous data collection and updating—making it hard for rivals to catch up, even with billions of dollars on hand to pay for smaller firms.
Also from last year is the article The promise of big data. I found it interesting that this article offers up human beings (crowd sourcing) as a solution to the limitations of computation. The human brain, as analog, can do what computers can’t.