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Shared responsibilities? The future of scoring in the context of shifting baselines and public science

Shared responsibilities? The future of scoring in the context of shifting baselines and public science Super-Scoring? Data-driven societal technologies in China and Western-style democracies as a new challenge for education

von: Stefan Selke (Furtwangen University)

Digitalization intensifies the correlation between organization and control. A seemingly harmless example of this is self-tracking. People measure themselves in an increasing number of life spheres, supposedly voluntarily, while carrying out-popularized everyday activities. This is accompanied by a powerful illusion of control.


The more super-scoring is used in the future, the more humans will be affected by new dangers. In order to properly understand this hypothesis, two useful sociological differences must be considered (Luhmann 1991b). While specific actors or institutions can be held accountable for the risks, "no one" is responsible for the dangers–except the gods, nature or fate. In modern societies, science and technology have increasingly transformeddangers into allocable, predictable risks.

A shift from risk to danger communication must further acknowledge that neither ideal worlds nor controllable laboratories exist. Controlled laboratories may be the appropriatesettingfor technical experiments, but not for the simulation of real societies.

When people become affected by new dangers through scoring, then aspects of the human experience are lost. Maybe this quote by Walter Benjamin is a nice way to conclude this lecture: "What otherssee as deviations is the data that determines my course."

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  • Produktion: 11.10.2019

  • Spieldauer: 22 Min.

  • hrsg. von: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb


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