Highlights: Foresights and futures studies depend on the adequacy of our knowledge of the present and the past. Big data evidence suggests that the English language area was not capitalist between 1800 and 2000. Popular social macro trend statements ought to be regularly scrutinised so as to reduce the risk that inadequate trend assumptions are […]Read more "Release | Was that capitalism? A future-oriented big data analysis of the 19th and 20th century"
Modern societies are usually defined as relatively unreligious, dominated by money and power rather than religious beliefs. But why are we so sure that secularisation and the dominance of politics and economy are in the DNA of modern societies? We turned these and similar assumptions into big data research questions and found that, despite all contradicting […]Read more "Power not money is the new religion. Big data @The Conversation"
Big data reality check of social macro trends published in TFSC: Roth S., Clark C., Trofimov N., Mkrtchyan A., Heidingsfelder M., Appignanesi L., Pérez-Valls M., Berkel J., and Kaivo-oja J. (2017) Futures of a distributed memory. A global brain wave measurement (1800-2000), Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 118 No. May, pp. 307-323. Abstract: If the global brain is […]Read more "Release | A global brain wave measurement"
Abstract: Using the updated Google Book corpus dataset generated in July 2012, we analyze the largest available corpus of digitalized books to review social macro trends such as the secularization, politicization, economization, and mediatization of society. These familiar trend statements are tested through a comparative analysis of word frequency time-series plots for the English, French, […]Read more "Release | An Updated Google Ngram View of Trends in Functional Differentiation (1800-2000)"
I have been invited to speak at this year’s City University of Hong Kong workshop on Computational Approaches to Big Data in the Social Sciences and Humanities, June 6, 2016. Do check the website and consider to participate! A short report on the workshop is available here.Read more "Speaker @CityU Hong Kong CSS Workshop"
Trends in functional differentiation | Special Issue of Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Vol. 22 No. 4. Guest Editor: Steffen Roth, ESC Rennes School of Business, France Table of content Steffen Roth: Foreword: Trends in Functional Differentiation Articles Steffen Roth and Anton Schütz: Ten Systems: Toward a Canon of Function Systems There is no description of modernity […]Read more "Release | Trends in functional differentiation"
Roth, S. (2014), Fashionable functions. A Google ngram view of trends in functional differentiation (1800-2000), International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, Vol. 10 No. 2, 34-58 [FNEGE, CNRS]. ABSTRACT Computer communication is revolutionizing modern society to the same extend as the invention of writing or the printing press have unsettled the archaic or the ancient society, […]Read more "Surprise | There is no such thing as economized societies"