Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction

Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction

by Luciano Floridi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415180244

ISBN-13: 9780415180245

Pub. Date: 11/11/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This accessible book explores the development, history and future of Information and Communication Technology using examples from philosophy. Luciano Floridi offers both an introduction to these technologies and a philosophical analysis of the problems they

pose.

The book examines a wide range of areas of technology, including the digital revolution, the Web

Overview

This accessible book explores the development, history and future of Information and Communication Technology using examples from philosophy. Luciano Floridi offers both an introduction to these technologies and a philosophical analysis of the problems they

pose.

The book examines a wide range of areas of technology, including the digital revolution, the Web and Internet, Artificial Intelligence and CD-ROMS. We see how the relationship between philosophy and computing provokes many crucial philosophical questions. Ultimately,

Philosophy and Computing outlines the what the future philosophy of information will need to undertake.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415180245
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/11/1999
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Divide et computa: philosophy and the digital environment1
The digital revolution1
The four areas of the digital revolution4
From the analogue to the digital: the new physics of knowledge9
The digitisation of the infosphere: three steps14
The relations between philosophy and computing15
2The digital workshop20
From the laboratory to the house20
What is a computer?21
Programming languages and software47
Types of commercial computers50
The personal computer51
3A revolution called Internet56
The Internet as a basic technological change56
What is the Internet?61
What can the Internet be used for?67
The future of the human encyclopaedia in the third age of IT: Frankenstein or Pygmalion?79
4The digital domain: infosphere, databases and hypertexts88
The Paradox of the growth of knowledge: from the chicken and the egg to the needle in a haystack88
"Everything must be transformed into an Encyclopaedia" (Novalis)97
What is a database system?99
Types of database systems102
Data, information and knowledge: an erotetic approach106
The hyperbolic space of the infosphere and the fifth element108
The aesthetic and the ontological interpretation of databases110
Ideometry111
The commodification of information and the growth of the infosphere113
Rich and poor in the information economy114
ICT practical problems and computer ethics116
Textual analysis: a constructionist approach116
Hypertext as information retrieval system117
Conclusion: a Renaissance mind?130
5Artificial intelligence: a light approach132
GOFAI132
Turing's Test134
Four limits of Turing's Test136
The application-areas of AI142
The conditions of possibility of AI and the paradox of GOFAI146
From GOFAI to LAI148
The Cartesian nature of LAI150
Deep Blue: a Cartesian computer151
The success of LAI154
The limits of LAI215
Conclusion218
Notes224
Bibliography227
Index238

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