SOCIAL AND NEW MEDIA WITH LUCIANO FLORIDI: THE INFOSPHERE


The Infosphere

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, at the Oxford Internet Institute, talks about social media, infospheres, space, Newton, Einstein and the biosphere.

Christin Bustamante

Here is an important point: social media security is a trade-off. The more you lock down a social media account, restrict content from appearing on your profile page, and prevent people from accessing photos and other content, the less chance people will have finding you in searches. This not only means people you'd rather avoid, but also any old friends and family members you'd like to connect with. A decision can make your social media use more secure, but it can cost you functionality and/or ease of use.

George Waters

Out of all the plethora of communication opportunities that the Internet has opened up, I would highlight the emergence of social media and the way they have intricately melded into our daily lives. Social media have changed our personal space, altering the way we interact with our loved ones and our friends.

Winslow Pecora

One of the foundation concepts in social media has become that you cannot completely control your message through social media but rather you can simply begin to participate in the "conversation" expecting that you can achieve a significant influence in that conversation.

Aleksandra Galya

In response to Mārtiņš Gustavs Krūmiņš

Today’s technologies would like to reclassify us as bundles of data—be they words, numbers, or images—that the infosphere can process more easily. For example, the computer on the help line may call me by my first name, but it’s really interpreting me as one more piece of data, not me as I know myself, complete with likes, prejudices, fears, and hopes. This kind of algorithmic society , with its programmes and routines, will take the stress out of life—but also much of its meaning if we let it.

Well said, there is only so much we can do when we cross the lines, as intelligent as the machines can get they can't be human.

Mārtiņš Gustavs Krūmiņš

Today’s technologies would like to reclassify us as bundles of data—be they words, numbers, or images—that the infosphere can process more easily. For example, the computer on the help line may call me by my first name, but it’s really interpreting me as one more piece of data, not me as I know myself, complete with likes, prejudices, fears, and hopes. This kind of algorithmic society , with its programmes and routines, will take the stress out of life—but also much of its meaning if we let it.

Baldur Helgason

In response to Anahit Petrosyan

During the last decade or so, we have become accustomed to thinking about our online lives as a mixture between an evolutionary adaptation of people to a digital environment, and a form of post-modern, neo-colonization of the digital environment by people. This is probably a mistake. Information and communication technologies are as much recasting our world as they are creating new realities.

Information and communications technology (ICT) refers to all the technology used to handle telecommunications, broadcast media, intelligent building management systems, audiovisual processing and transmission systems, and network-based control and monitoring functions.  ICT has more recently been used to describe the convergence of several technologies and the use of common transmission lines carrying very diverse data and communication types and formats.

Pasha Kowalski

This topic reminds me of the news I read a few days ago. Facebook are still getting fined and sued for misuse of personal information.

Anahit Petrosyan

During the last decade or so, we have become accustomed to thinking about our online lives as a mixture between an evolutionary adaptation of people to a digital environment, and a form of post-modern, neo-colonization of the digital environment by people. This is probably a mistake. Information and communication technologies are as much recasting our world as they are creating new realities.

future hacker

We are on the verge of the next real revolution in our experience of the infosphere-the infinite ocean of electronic information all around us-a revolution in which the very idea of tethering oneself to a keyboard and mouse and interacting in the infosphere by peering at a CRT will eventually seem rather "quaint". Indeed, the very idea of an "interface" as we now experience it will seem more like a barrier than an interface. This change will be driven by multiple forces, chief among them device technology, software agents, speech technology and structured knowledge.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helga Breitner

In response to YogaFan

@Theodora, if I am not mistaken I believe Dr. Floridi said the term 'onlife'  is a combination of online and offline and it emphasizes the fact that we are neither one nor the other and that we live our lives somewhere in-between.  Here you can find a half-hour video on the subject: YouTube link.

YogaFan,

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 Dr. Floridi puts in, “onlife”. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution.

Dorothea Petrescu

The first documented use of the word "InfoSphere" was a 1971 Time Magazine book review by R.Z. Sheppard in which he writes "In much the way that fish cannot conceptualize water or birds the air, man barely understands his infosphere, that encircling layer of electronic and typographical smog composed of cliches from journalism, entertainment, advertising and government." 

YogaFan

@Theodora, if I am not mistaken I believe Dr. Floridi said the term 'onlife'  is a combination of online and offline and it emphasizes the fact that we are neither one nor the other and that we live our lives somewhere in-between.  Here you can find a half-hour video on the subject: YouTube link.

Theodora Persefoni

You mentioned that this transition to living ‘onlife’ is pretty much irreversible and being aware of it is the first step in making the most of it. What does onlife stand for?

Martina Franceschetti

The chapter about the information space make me think about my own life and the time I spend in online more like a place and less like some sort of "virtual me". I never considered social networks as a space, but more like a diary in which I can read the comments of my friends and waste time watching cats.


 

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