The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era

The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era

Luciano Floridi


What is the influence of data and conversation applied sciences (ICTs) at the human ? to be able to deal with this question, in 2012 the eu fee prepared a study venture entitled The Onlife Initiative: thought reengineering for rethinking societal issues within the electronic transition. This quantity collects the paintings of the Onlife Initiative. It explores how the improvement and common use of ICTs have a thorough influence at the human condition.

ICTs usually are not mere instruments yet relatively social forces which are more and more affecting our self-conception (who we are), our mutual interactions (how we socialise); our notion of fact (our metaphysics); and our interactions with truth (our agency). In each one case, ICTs have an incredible moral, criminal, and political value, but one with which we've began to return to phrases merely recently.

The influence exercised by means of ICTs is because of at the very least 4 significant variations: the blurring of the excellence among truth and virtuality; the blurring of the excellence among human, computer and nature; the reversal from details shortage to info abundance; and the shift from the primacy of stand-alone issues, homes, and binary kinfolk, to the primacy of interactions, procedures and networks.

Such ameliorations are trying out the rules of our conceptual frameworks. Our present conceptual toolbox isn't any longer suited to tackle new ICT-related demanding situations. this isn't just a challenge in itself. it's also a hazard, as the loss of a transparent realizing of our current time may possibly simply result in adverse projections concerning the destiny. The target of The Manifesto, and of the full ebook that contextualises, is as a result that of contributing to the replace of our philosophy. it's a positive aim. The ebook is intended to be a favorable contribution to rethinking the philosophy on which rules are inbuilt a hyperconnected global, in order that we could have a greater probability of realizing our ICT-related difficulties and fixing them satisfactorily.

The Manifesto launches an open debate at the affects of ICTs on public areas, politics and societal expectancies towards policymaking within the electronic schedule for Europe’s remit. extra commonly, it is helping commence a mirrored image at the approach during which a hyperconnected international demands rethinking the referential frameworks on which regulations are built.

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