Data Will Help Us is a brief manifesto about the promise and perils of data, commissioned by The New York Times.

“Big Data” has become a kind of ubiquitous modern salve that now gets applied to almost any kind of ailment. In fields ranging from education, to government, to healthcare, to advertising, to dating, to science, to war, we’re abandoning timeless decision-making tools like wisdom, morality, and personal experience for a new kind of logic which simply says: “show me the data.”

This project explores the positive and negative possibilities of this data-based logic.