Many posts on the Ethics Blog are about how new possibilities to collect and process large amounts of data change the horizon for medical research.
But “Big Data” makes its entry also in the humanities and social sciences. How does the horizon change there? How is the understanding of humans and of society affected when processing large amounts of data opens up a new field of vision for humanists and social scientists?
A symposium in Gothenburg last summer took up the issues, I saw at Christian Munthe’s blog (“Philosophical Comment”). He links to a video recording from the symposium and I link to Christian’s blog post; that way you’ll find both the blog and the video:
- “Watch the videos of our symposium Reconsidering Humanity: Big Data, the Scientific Method, and the Images of Humans”
When you have time, take a look – the presentations are exciting!