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Luca Possati, Data Visualization and Information Visualization

From: 2019-10-29 To:2019-10-29

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
  • Research Groups

    Reason, Politics & Society
    Aesthetics, Politics & Knowledge
  • Project From data to Wisdom

    29th October 2019, 15h00
    Sala de reuniões 2 - FLUP


    Luca Possati (Universidade do Porto)

    Data Visualization and Information Visualization


    In today’s society, the use of new technologies for data visualization is becoming increasingly widespread. This conference seeks neither to give a complete view of its history nor an exhaustive definition of the phenomenon of data visualization. This conference takes a new perspective on data visualization by dealing only with a new type of data visualizations, based on “Big Data” and AI systems. This perspective is completely different from the existing ones. These new data visualizations visualize something that we cannot know, or which we cannot know directly. The essence of the image and vision radically changes, as well as the relation between the image and the users / observers. Therefore, we will explore two main theses: (a) that AI systems applied to big amounts of data that we cannot directly know (the so-called “Big Data”) can create “living” and interactive images with a multifaceted nature and efficacy (epistemic, phenomenal and subjective); (b) that through the production of “living” images, digital technologies demonstrate their ability to re-define and re-configure our experience and re-ontologize reality by creating new entities requiring new philosophical tools to be fully understood. What characterizes data visualizations is properly their hermeneutical nature. On the one hand, these images are the result of a design act, and therefore involve an interpretation of the data used. These images are not passive; they interpret the data they receive and therefore also the subjects that produce these data, the users. On the other hand, due to their interactivity, these images implement also another interpretation process: the process of self-recognition for the reader. The subject is decentralized, but only in order to be “reconstructed” through the visualization, i.e. the experience of seeing. Through these images, the subject obtains a new interpretative key to understand the world and its identity. This complex hermeneutical process can be explained by “doubling” the Ricoeur’s scheme of threefold mimesis in Time and Narrative.

    Luca Possati is a reseracher at the Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto and a member of the project From Data to Wisdom


    This conference is part of the Seminário informal de Filosofia Medieval 2019


    Project From Data to Wisdom. Philosophizing Data Visualizations in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity (13th-17th Century) - FDTW (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029717)

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