On April 4th 2019, NXS officially presented NXS#4 Algorithmic Anxiety to its Amsterdam audience at art book shop San Serriffe, with its theme being extensively introduced by Tamar Shafrir.
The publication’s copy-editor Tamar Shafrir was invited to give her view on the fears, misconceptions, ethical violations, and mysterious imaginaries that we experience at the hands of algorithms, or rather at the hands of people who write, execute, and implement algorithms within complex social and technological assemblies.
How is this algorithmic anxiety shaping the concept of human identity? Is this anxiety unique to the age of machine learning, social media, ubiquitous computing, "surveillance capitalism", and automation in the private and public sector? Or is this anxiety simply the most recent manifestation of historical or transhistorical pressures on human existence?