Philosophy always wins

The final paragraph from Noah Harari’s article in the FT on our algorithmic future:

If you don’t like this [the world of ‘Dataism’], and you want to stay beyond the reach of the algorithms, there is probably just one piece of advice to give you, the oldest in the book: know thyself. In the end, it’s a simple empirical question. As long as you have greater insight and self-knowledge than the algorithms, your choices will still be superior and you will keep at least some authority in your hands. If the algorithms nevertheless seem poised to take over, it is mainly because most human beings hardly know themselves at all.

Start with Marcus Aurelius. Buy his Meditations and carry the book around with you (in ebook form if necessary). It’s available free, online.