Hutchinson, William and Warren, Matthew 2001, The nature of data: illusions of reality, in Informing Science and IT Education Conference: proceedings and schedule, Informing Science Institute, Santa Rosa, Calif., pp. 262-267.
The nature of data has changed as human technology has evolved. ‘Natural’ analogue data stimulate our senses, whilst machine produced data provides an intermediary for natural or artificial data to our senses. In the age of the cyborg (a machine with human attributes) and the bionic person (a human with machine attributes), it is possible for data totally alien from ‘natural reality’ to be fed directly to the brain so by-passing the senses. This is a new form of reality, which lends itself to manipulation of a kind never experienced before. The dreams of deceivers may yet be realised on a mass scale.
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