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The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Hardcover]

Luciano Floridi

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Jun 2014
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 begin to 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 become environmental 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 to cover 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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Luciano Floridi is the OII's Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford. In Oxford, he is also Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy at the Department of Computer Science; and Member of the Faculty of Philosophy. Outside Oxford, he is Adjunct Professor ("Distinguished Scholar in Residence") of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

Floridi's long-term project is a tetralogy on the foundations of the philosophy of information. His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014); The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013, vol. II of the tetralogy); The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011, vol. I of the tetralogy); Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010); and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (edited for CUP, 2010).

His recognitions include: Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (MAIPS); Weizenbaum Award, by the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, for his "significant contribution to the field of information and computer ethics, through his research, service, and vision"; Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS); Covey Award, by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, for outstanding research in philosophy and computing; first Distinguished Scholar (adjunct professor of economics) ever nominated by American University in Washington since its foundation in 1892; laurea honoris causa by the University of Suceava, Romania, for "his groundbreaking work on the philosophy of information"; Fellow of the Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire Vice-Chancellor Award "for research supporting engagement with business, the profession and partner organisations"; Gauss Professor by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences (first philosopher elected); Barwise Prize, by the American Philosophical Association "in recognition of his research on the philosophy of information"; Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.

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Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Fellow of St Cross College, 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, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, Editor in Chief of Philosophy & Technology and of the Synthese Library, and was Chairman of EU Commission's 'Onlife' research group. His most recent books are: i The Ethics of Information r(OUP, 2013), i The Philosophy of Information r (OUP, 2011), i Information: A Very Short Introduction r (OUP, 2010), and i The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics r (CUP, 2010).

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