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The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era

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ISBN: 9783319040929 9783319040936 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04093-6 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Pharmacy and materia medica --- Biotechnology --- Business and Management
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What is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the human condition? In order to address this question, in 2012 the European Commission organized a research project entitled The Onlife Initiative: concept reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition. This volume collects the work of the Onlife Initiative. It explores how the development and widespread use of ICTs have a radical impact on the human condition.ICTs are not mere tools but rather social forces that are increasingly affecting our self-conception (who we are), our mutual interactions (how we socialise); our conception of reality (our metaphysics); and our interactions with reality (our agency). In each case, ICTs have a huge ethical, legal, and political significance, yet one with which we have begun to come to terms only recently.The impact exercised by ICTs is due to at least four major transformations: the blurring of the distinction between reality and virtuality; the blurring of the distinction between human, machine and nature; the reversal from information scarcity to information abundance; and the shift from the primacy of stand-alone things, properties, and binary relations, to the primacy of interactions, processes and networks.Such transformations are testing the foundations of our conceptual frameworks. Our current conceptual toolbox is no longer fitted to address new ICT-related challenges. This is not only a problem in itself. It is also a risk, because the lack of a clear understanding of our present time may easily lead to negative projections about the future. The goal of The Manifesto, and of the whole book that contextualises, is therefore that of contributing to the update of our philosophy. It is a constructive goal. The book is meant to be a positive contribution to rethinking the philosophy on which policies are built in a hyperconnected world, so that we may have a better chance of understanding our ICT-related problems and solving them satisfactorily.The Manifesto launches an open debate on the impacts of ICTs on public spaces, politics and societal expectations toward policymaking in the Digital Agenda for Europe’s remit. More broadly, it helps start a reflection on the way in which a hyperconnected world calls for rethinking the referential frameworks on which policies are built.

The Art of Ethics in the Information Society. Mind you

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ISBN: 9789462984493 Year: Pages: 144 DOI: 10.5117/9789462984493 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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New technologies are often implemented before their ethical consequences have been fully understood. In this volume, experts working in the sciences, arts, and philosophy of technology share novel perspectives on how we can

Technical politics

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ISBN: 9781526105349 Year: Pages: 176 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Philosophy --- Social Sciences --- Media and communication --- Sociology
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This is the first monograph devoted to the work of one of the foremost contemporary advocates of contemporary critical theory, Andrew Feenberg. It focuses on Feenberg’s central concept, technical politics, and explores his suggestion that democratising technology design is key to a strategic understanding of the process of civilisational change. In this way, it presents Feenberg’s intervention as the necessary bridge between various species of critical constructivism and wider visions of the kind of change that are urgently needed to move human society onto a more sustainable footing. The book describes the development of Feenberg’s thought out of the tradition of Marx and Marcuse, and presents critical analyses of his main ideas: the theory of formal bias, technology’s ambivalence, progressive rationalisation, and the theory of primary and secondary instrumentalisation. Technical politics identifies a limitation of Feenberg’s work associated with his attachment to critique, as the opposite pole to a negative kind of rationality (instrumentalism). It concludes by offering a utopian corrective to the theory that can provide a fuller account of the process of willed technological transformation and of the author’s own idea of a technologically authorised socialism.

Mittel

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Book Series: Bibliothek dialektischer Grundbegriffe ISBN: 9783839400913 Year: Pages: 50 DOI: 10.14361/9783839400913 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Philosophy
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Beim Philosophieren über 'Mittel' werden diese oftmals technologisch verkürzt als bloße Instrumente der Zweckrealisierung erachtet. Dabei wird übersehen, dass 'Mittel' bzw. das 'System der Mittel' (als 'Medialität') konstitutiv für unser theoretisches und praktisches Weltverhältnis ist. Hegel hat die umfassendste Reflexion dieses Problems vorgelegt: in der Phänomenologie des Geistes mit Blick auf die Entstehung eines Selbstbewusstseins im Zuge der Arbeit des 'Knechts' als Mittel; in der Wissenschaft der Logik mit Blick auf den Doppelcharakter des Mittels, Instrument und zugleich Potenzial zu sein und somit der Vernunft die 'List' zu eröffnen, sich von der äußeren Welt zu distanzieren und sich als Macht zu erhalten; in der Rechtsphilosophie mit Blick auf die Entstehung der Sittlichkeit als Koordination der Mittel im System. Dabei wird deutlich, dass das Selbstbegreifen der Vernunft nur durch die Reflexion auf das Praktische möglich ist. Diese Fragen werden in den Argumentationslinien von Marx, Husserl und Cassirer weiter verfolgt.

Unbestimmtheitssignaturen der Technik

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Book Series: Edition panta rei ISBN: 9783839403518 Year: Pages: 362 DOI: 10.14361/9783839403518 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Philosophy
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Nicht dass eine fundamentale Ungewissheit nicht immer schon zum Leben dazu gehört hätte oder eine mehr oder weniger konstante und universelle Bedingung menschlicher Existenz gewesen wäre, erscheint als Problem, sondern - dass mit der Erfahrung einer Zunahme von Unbestimmtheit auch eine mit der Gesellschaft vernetzte Tech nik davon betroffen und in den Verunsicherungsprozess einbezogen ist; - dass gesellschaftliche Freiheits- und Optionsgewinne mit nach haltigen Orientierungsverlusten Hand in Hand gehen; - dass die technowissenschaftliche Erzeugung von Wissen neuartige Zonen des Nichtwissens mit hervorbringt; - dass wir nicht wissen können, was wir eigentlich tun sollen und - dass der Umgang mit diesem Faktum die Startbedingung für eine zeitgemäß-unzeitgemäße Philosophie der Technik darstellt. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes (u.a. von Dreyfus, Dupuy, Hörning, Hubig, Nordmann und Willke) gehen nicht nur den unterschiedlichen Aspekten dieser Entwicklung nach. Sie unternehmen auch den Versuch, die sozio-technischen Bestimmungsversuche und Vereindeutigungsstrategien abzuschätzen, die in einer radikal modernen Welt durch die Aufgabe einer »Selbstfestlegung im Unbestimmten« (Luhmann) immer aufs Neue herausgefordert werden.

Environments of Intelligence

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Book Series: History and Philosophy of Technoscience ISBN: 9781315408101 9781138222328 9780367348717 9781315408095 9781315408071 Year: Pages: 231 DOI: 10.4324/9781315408101 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Computer Science --- Science (General) --- Philosophy --- Social Sciences
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What is the role of the environment, and of the information it provides, in cognition? More specifically, may there be a role for certain artefacts to play in this context? These are questions that motivate "4E" theories of cognition (as being embodied, embedded, extended, enactive). In his take on that family of views, Hajo Greif first defends and refines a concept of information as primarily natural, environmentally embedded in character, which had been eclipsed by information-processing views of cognition. He continues with an inquiry into the cognitive bearing of some artefacts that are sometimes referred to as 'intelligent environments'. Without necessarily having much to do with Artificial Intelligence, such artefacts may ultimately modify our informational environments. With respect to human cognition, the most notable effect of digital computers is not that they might be able, or become able, to think but that they alter the way we perceive, think and act. The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781315401867, has been made available under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence

Extimate Technology

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Book Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy ISBN: 9781000357929 Year: Pages: 334 DOI: 10.4324/9781003139409 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Philosophy
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"This book investigates how we should form ourselves in a world saturated with technologies that are profoundly intruding in the very fabric of our selfhood.  New and emerging technologies, such as smart technological environments, imaging technologies and smart drugs, are increasingly shaping who and what we are and influencing who we ought to be. How should we adequately understand, evaluate and appreciate this development? Tackling this question requires going beyond the persistent and stubborn inside-outside dualism and recognizing that what we consider our ""inside"" self is to a great extent shaped by our ""outside"" world. Inspired by various philosophers – especially Nietzsche, Peirce and Lacan –this book shows how the values, goals and ideals that humans encounter in their environments not only shape their identities but also enable them to critically relate to their present state. The author argues against understanding technological self-formation in terms of making ourselves better, stronger and smarter. Rather, we should conceive it in terms of technological sublimation, which redefines the very notion of human enhancement. In this respect the author introduces an alternative, more suitable theory, namely Technological Sublimation Theory (TST). Extimate Technology will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of technology, philosophy of the self, phenomenology, pragmatism, and history of philosophy."

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