What Should the Information Society Be? Luciano Floridi at Princeton

Why is the world changed by the digital and how can we shape it?

Speaking at Princeton today, the philosopher Luciano Floridi argued that technology has a “cleaving power” in society, and that the counterpoint to this power comes through design.

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Living in an Infosphere

We live in an infosphere, says Luciano. Information technology is enveloping the world, due to cheaper computation, great access to computation, more data, better machine learning, better algorithms, information technologies and an more “onlife.” When Luciano talks about this enveloping, he is talking about the ways that surveillance and data collection are enclosing reality and empowering autonomous systems to have more abilities to act in the world.

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Artificial Agency: Smart Decoupling

Agency, Luciano tells us, is the ability to achieve a task toward a particular purpose. In the past, humans were used to being surrounded by a large number of intelligent agents; now, some of those agents are autonomous. Luciano tells us the story from Homer’s Iliad of Hephaestus’s tables that knew where people needed them and moved autonomously to them. Luciano describes major AI companies and tells us that AI is the now new oil.

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Citizen social science to improve digital life & hold tech accountable. Assistant Prof, Cornell. citizensandtech.org Prev: Princeton, MIT. Guatemalan-American

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