The Oracle of Big Data. Prophecies without Prophets
Gransche, B.: The Oracle of Big Data. Prophecies without Prophets. International Review of Information Ethics. Ethics of Big Data, Vol 24 (2016), S. 55-62.
In contrast to scientific prognosis, which is a matter of doubt, those Big Data prophecies being a matter of faith are immune to critique or falsification. Both the oracles of ancient times and those of Big Data have this immunity in common; the former because they were seen as an authentic direct message from the Gods in a deterministic cosmos, the latter because it is broadly believed to be the world speaking for itself. The actual events either prove the correctness of their prediction or the wrongness of the fallible interpreter.