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Does human progress ultimately reduce individuals to Nietzsche's last men?

Human progress – technological, scientific, social, etc. – seeks to reduce, and ultimately totally eliminate, the aspects of life we perceive as unpleasant – loss, tragedy, suffering ... However, an ...
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Can Humans Maintain a Free Relationship With Technology?

Heidegger argues in the “The Question Concerning Technology” that the essence of technology is a mode of disclosure or revealing, aletheia. However, modern technology has a special character which ...
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How does technology makes us better humans?

I am wondering if technology makes us better humans. Technology undoubtably has its advantages, but technology also brings with it automation, uniformity and anonymity. Because there are more ...
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Does “technological unemployment” violate the second law of thermodynamics?

Marx claimed that machines cannot "produce surplus value" but only redistribute labor and provide individual firms with a temporary market advantage. Nonetheless, many thinkers across the spectrum ...
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What exactly is “Gestell” in Heidegger?

I've been reading up on Heidegger's Concept of Technology but for the life of me I can't quite grasp the idea of Gestell, would anyone care to explain in simple terms what he means by Gestell ...
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Death drive and aggression [closed]

It struck me just then that the internet is a tiny bit like a blossoming Brave New World, except Eros or sex is pretty much stayed inalienable, and a powerful force. Whereas non physical aggression ...
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Social Constructivism: What is Co-Constructivism?

I know that co-constructivism is a branch of Social Constructivism, but what is it exactly? I've been told that Co-constructivism is very similar to Soft Technological Determinism, however I don't ...
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Can a Video Game be More than Just Entertainment? [closed]

I'm interested in creating video games that influence people in a positive way. On the surface, this seems like a tech question, but in reality, it's more philosophical. For instance.. Why do ...
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What happens when stuff breaks

I remember when Heidegger in Being and Time talks about broken technology. Can anyone Generally explain the passages which mention this "un-readiness-to-hand" Explain what role they have in Being ...
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Does the internet exist? [closed]

It occurred to me after seeing this headline: the-internet-explained-by-prisoners-who-have-never-seen-it to ask if I myself have ever seen it. Given that I never smelled, touched, tasted or heard ...
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Input/output in 'mathematical' programming languages [closed]

More than once I have observed this: A person describes a functional programming language (as opposed to a programming language that makes heavy use of interspersed states), that person will say it is ...
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Are Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence merging together?

My question might spark a fair amount of discussion, however I think it could be a simple discussion. Will future computer scientists slowly attain ideas and concepts from a much more rounded field ...
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Who is responsible for damages of automatic drones?

I had a discussion about drones for civilian use, e.g. self-driving cars without a human at its wheels, transport devices that would fly products you otherwise would buy in the supermarket directly to ...
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What are prominent pro-war 20th century philosphers?

I'm asking from a sociological perspective here. Motivation: I wonder if it is true that technological development is better during war time, and if so, why? Is it because the review process is ...
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Is modern information technology fundamentally changing the way humans acquire and process knowledge?

It would appear that in the contemporary world, it is hardly necessarily for the individual to 'know' anything. Far more important is the ability to cull knowledge from readily available repositories ...
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Can a singularity originate inside a simulation and effect outside of it?

Having read many articles and books dealing with a possible technological singularity, and also other articles and books about the possibility that we are living inside a simulation, I have been ...
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Homogeneity and human knowledge

The advances in technology and the unprecedented levels of knowledge-sharing in the last few decades could be extrapolated to suggest that the human race as a whole will eventually converge to perhaps ...
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What are some new and interesting ethical issues that identify closely with Information & Communication Technologies?

What are some new, unique and interesting ethical/philosophical/sociological issues that are starting to present themselves as Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) advance? Are there ...
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What might be some of the most significant philosophical implications of a technological singularity?

Several prominent futurologists and technologists, most importantly Kurzweil and Moravec, have projected varying timelines for a forthcoming technological singularity in the next century or even few ...
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Is unauthorized downloading of music stealing?

On the one hand, when you download music you are merely making a copy of something. You aren't depriving someone of a physical object. You aren't really taking anything. On the other hand, when you ...
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Why do Cohen and Levesque speak of overcommitment in this case?

I have to write a critic to this paper: "Intention Is Choice with Commitment" by Philip R. Cohen and Hector J. Levesque There is this one passage I definitively do not understand, right at the ...
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How is subjective experience of color mapped to the visible spectrum?

Kevin Warwick had a sonar sense implanted and could sense whether an object was close or far. Evidence is accumulating that our brains can make sense of "foreign" information like sonar (consider the ...
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Useful discussion of Heidegger's “Ready-to-hand” and “present-at-hand” concepts?

Heidegger, as a tangent in his discussion of Daesin, talks about objects/tools which can be either ready-to-hand or present-at-hand. As I find Heidegger painfully unreadable, but his concepts useful, ...
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How can I effectively apply philosophy to the business world?

In my graduate experiences, especially in the philosophy of technology, I saw that far too much philosophy is designed to be consumed by other philosophers. As a pragmatist, I am always interested in ...
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Current research on experimental philosophy and the philosophy of technology?

X-Phi, the practice of performing philosophy based on experimental measures from the "real world" tends to concern itself with moral philosophy testing. As I'm finishing up my thesis on the philosophy ...