Librarian of Alexandria


It's not because we hate the algorithms, or we hate databases, or we hate technological infrastructure or networks, that we are suspicious of Silicon Valley and the intrusions that they bring into how we think about the public or politics. It's because the logic that these algorithms and sensors embed is a very troubling political and economic logic. It leads to certain assumptions about public and private institutions, and consumers, citizens, and administators, that on second thought most of us would probably reject. Because it does shrink the public space. It does result in public institutions being hijacked by the logic of the market. It does shrink the kind of risks that we can take. And I think eventually it does disable a lot of cultural and political innovation. And that's the real reason to hate them.

—Evgeny Morozov