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Moral issues in cyber technology [closed]

Is anyone of deontology or utilitarianism adequate to handle moral issues in cyber technology? Or do we need some other theory?
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Does phenomenology reject causality, in that there are natural laws to be understood and utilised? What is the stance on technological progress/devel?

I have been diving into phenomenology for my research and it seems very interesting. But coming back to the "practical" world I still don't can't really describe its stance on various ...
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Why does poverty still exist in the modern world? is it the politics of the true elites? [closed]

For example some individuals may say 'a poor life of an individual is because that he doesn't work enough'. The world advanced as much as inventing many advanced technologies such as gun, calculator, ...
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What should we consider the evolution of the human species?

Nowadays we are living in a world that is emphasizing, in various ways, the concept that technological progress brings to our species welfare. There are a lot of technological tools that help us to ...
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Internet Fora and Metaphilosophy

Prologue Given a look at the history of philosophy, one can argue that philosophical methods have evolved from those of the Pre-Socratics to contemporary methods which rely heavily on citations and ...
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Are there any philosophical works on the social meta hierarchies created by technology(the emergence of the internet)?

Since the 1990s many people have been able to interact in ways that were not accessible to them before due to the internet. Since the online interactions differ in many respects from those in real ...
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Is Turing test still serving as criterion of machine intelligence?

During the first half of the last century Alan Turing proposed his 'Turing test' as means by which to answer whether machines have intelligence. To recall: the test amounts to a conversation between ...
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Philosophy and ontology of tools (instruments), their design and creation (as part of philosophy of action and agency)? Meta-actions?

I am designing self-evolving and self-learning cognitive architecture (that is how the Artificial General intelligence is being implemented) with the seed intelligence approach, that is why I am using ...
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Importance of technology in Western thought

Ours is a world which is full of promises that advanced technology, such as autonomous cars, cloud computing, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence will somehow bring forth a future worth ...
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What is the argument posed by Katherine Hayles in “The Condition of Virtuality” as to the relation between matter and virtuality and why?

I am learning in class of the influence new media have on old-aged dichotomies such as matter-mind, subject-object and their like. Our new-media teacher asked us to read the paper "The condition ...
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Are some technologies intrinsically dangerous, or is it all neutral?

I was wondering if e.g. Bostrom's simulation argument, or the Fermi Paradox, could be resolved by saying that ancestral simulations, or intergalactic travel, are just too dangerous for a future ...
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What do Marxists make of contemporary technophobia?

What would Marxists make of contemporary luddism, technophobia, etc.? In 1867, Karl Marx wrote that it would be some time before workers were able to distinguish between the machines and "the ...
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Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense?

Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense? It may help to know if it's made, bought and sold. Can people own more or less of the internet, and in what ways?
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What is the strongest link made in the philosophical literature between privacy and civil liberties?

What is the strongest link made in the philosophical literature between privacy and civil liberties? In particular, an analysis which eschews 'democracy', or separates out democracy from 'civil ...
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Enhancements in type- and property-perfecting sports

Roduit et. al. [1] talk about property- and type-perfecting driving forces in sports. Many sports such as most (all?) olympic sports are by most people considered to be type-perfecting i.e. they look ...
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Has the philosophy of technology's impact on human life so far been studied?

There is no doubt that technology has influenced human life، Has the impact of technology on human life been examined from a philosophical point of view? (Particularly the impact of technological ...
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Authors on Transhumanism ending humanity as we know it

Humans are defined by plenty of animal instincts and impulses given by nature which affect our behaviour and existence in every way. Tribalism, social rules, the need for a leader or an alpha male ...
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Have we become less happy in this age of technology? [closed]

With the growing emergence of technology and our busy routine, everyone is busy on their own; people are considering their lives so busy! Are we becoming less happy in this modern era of technology?
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Does Heidegger ever develop his distinction between modern and traditional technology in detail?

Mark Blitz's article Understanding Heidegger on Technology (The New Atlantis, 2014) describes Heidegger's distinction between modern and traditional technology in the following way: Everything ...
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Is the following considered an argument or just a set of statements? If it is an argument what would be the premises and conclusion?

In every age, philosophers have compared the human mind to the latest technological gizmo. Currently we use computers as models of our minds. Seventy-five years ago, our minds were compared to ...
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Is it possible to over-complicate the rules for a complex system so that it has a detrimental effect on the system?

The specific example I am thinking of is that of Google and the web: It seems as if, in an effort to stamp out content farms, Google has to add complexity to its algorithm. Now, does that added ...
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Is it possible that technological progress actually degraded humanity? [closed]

I hear all the time that human only use ~10% of their brain, what if its because we don't need to use more? There are examples of people who manage to get superhuman strength in moment of danger etc. ...
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Ethics of Bitcoin

People do hard work (physical activity) that benefit the world and they earn money. Today, I can buy a set of GPUs and let it run without me investing a lot of time on it (apart from initial setup) ...
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What important contemporary philosophers are engaged in a critique of technology, and how?

What important contemporary philosophers are engaged in a critique of technology, and how? I'm interested in reading the best of these, and an outline would help me decide who to read. I'm asking ...
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Have more lives been sacrificed or saved by science and technology? [closed]

Let us broadly define "science" as: The systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. and "technology" as: Machinery and ...
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What are the ethical implications of speculating on Bitcoin? [closed]

It seems as if one of the primary attractions of Bitcoin is its usefulness for nefarious purposes. I'm not sure how much of its value is underpinned by these activities, but I get the feeling it is ...
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Philosophers who wrote about limits of knowledge?

What if "the truth" about any concept (consciousness, reality, religion,physics, etc.), turns out to be a complex idea such that our brains can't simply process it in a single lifespan. For example, ...
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Any recommendations on commentaries / rebuttals of Heidegger's Question Concerning Technology?

I'm looking for recommendations of commentaries, rebuttals or relevant papers on a Heideggerian approach to examining the essence of technology (famously in 'The Question Concerning Technology' but ...
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Are beings in a simulation actually “beings” at all? [duplicate]

Suppose I was able to create a simulation of the universe (I can't, but suppose I could). And in said universe, intelligent and sentient life evolved. What would happen if I "unplugged" this ...
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Like newspaper and television, how internet can become a massive tool of information manipulation and control over the people? [closed]

As per the trend we see, any type of system in this world, ultimately gets corrupted. Leading to a final particular state, where power remains on top and rest on the bottom. No matter it's religious ...
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Industrial Society and its Future [closed]

Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” was born on May 22, 1942, in Illinois. A mathematics prodigy, Kaczynski taught at the University of California at Berkeley before retreating to a ...
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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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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 games ...
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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 ...