Is Time Ripe for an Ethic of Quantification?

26 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Last revised: 10 Mar 2021

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Andrea Saltelli

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Monica Di Fiore

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC)

Date Written: January 21, 2021

Abstract

Looking at present-day technoscience, where utopian ambitions and dystopian fears confront one another, quantification plays a fundamental role. Artificial intelligence, big data, statistical, mathematical, and metrical objects share important promises, as well as important pathologies. From finance to education, from the economy to the environment, we increasingly use numbers and algorithms to increase efficiency and profit, measure the speed of achieving objectives, to classify and decide. Without an awareness of this multidimensional phenomenon, no answer is possible. A critical movement is needed, to control a sociotechnical imaginary for which technology provides the solution to the problems created by technology. Is time ripe for an ethics of quantification?

Keywords: sociology of quantification, ethics of quantification, metrics, rating, algorithms, statistical modelling, mathematical modelling, algorithms

JEL Classification: C18, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Saltelli, Andrea and Di Fiore, Monica, Is Time Ripe for an Ethic of Quantification? (January 21, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3772676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3772676

Andrea Saltelli (Contact Author)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya ( email )

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Spain

Monica Di Fiore

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) ( email )

Roma, RM
Italy

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