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Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
In a world where technology permeates our entire lives, the collection, management, and exploitation of big data is an arms race between corporations seeking to glean every shard of information about their consumers and clients. Data mining as a means to measure progress in our lives is ubiquitous. We monitor how many “likes” we get on Facebook as an indication of our entertainment self-worth. We watch daily stock market prices as a metric of our personal wealth. As a society, we have evolved into people who love to count and track things, sometimes for no good reason.
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