Life as Data Flow

According to the view articulated by Yuval Noah Harari, Dataism is the new religion and the new God. The ultimate objective of Dataism is to make the flow of information completely free, supplanting our right to privacy

While ideas of Humanism that developed over the last two centuries propagated that individual human experiences are unique and impart a meaning unto our lives, Dataism believes that individual experiences have no value unless shared, and have no meaning by themselves. All our words and actions are, in fact, part of a great dataflow enveloping the world, and only when individual experiences are connected to this dataflow, data algorithms will discover their meanings and guide us.

Harari goes further to argue that human history is nothing but a history of dataflow, and the more sophisticated the data processing system is in a society, the more efficient and successful it is. As he says, “Dataism declares that the universe consists of data flows, and the value of any phenomenon or entity is determined by its contribution to data processing.” All our concepts, all our history and all our sciences can be interpreted in terms of data flow. Thus, the economy is nothing but a system of gathering and processing data about abilities and expectations, and economic growth is synonymous with the freedom of information flow.

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