The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

Paperback | March 10, 2016

byLuciano Floridi

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Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions. As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for example, feed into our 'real' lives so that we beginto live, as Floridi puts in, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. "Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity - the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have becomeenvironmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach tocover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

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Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions. As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, an...

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. Among his recognitions, he has been appointed the Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences in Gottingen, and is recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, AISB Fellowship, the IACAP's Covey...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:March 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of figures1. Hyperhistory2. Space: Infosphere3. Identity: Onlife4. Self-Understanding: The Four Revolutions5. Privacy: Informational Friction6. Intelligence: Inscribing the World7. Agency: Enveloping the World8. Politics: The Rise of the Multi-Agent System9. Environment: The Digital Gambit10. Ethics: E-nvironmentalismFurther ReadingReferencesEndnotesIndex