New article: Mathematical infrastructures, interest aggregation and legal analysis

January 10, 2019

A new article was published on the legal implications of the use of mathematics in practical life: M. F. de Castro “Policies, Technology and Markets: Legal Implications of their Mathematical Infrastructures”. Law and Critiquehttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10978-018-9236-9.

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The pervasive development of mathematical infrastructures in global politics (take the example of the technological infrastructures of contemporary warfare), global markets (think of the algorithm-based “high frequency trading” and “statistical arbitrage”), and social life channeled through global internet-based social media have destroyed to a great extent the capacity of natural language to express competent meanings about the lifeworld. As a consequence, the various aspects of social life – from online dating and safe food consumption to coping with weather events and deciding where to invest  – have become increasingly borne up by devices such as indicators, commodified indices, algorithms, econometric models, and statistical fact-finding. They are all mathematical constructs, sometimes coupled with rhetorical devices. But these mathematical constructs and their ancillary materials have been set free from the requirement that they direct the human mind to superior ideas of intellectual and practical correctness.

The abstract of the article is the following:

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