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Philosophy and Computing : An Introduction - Luciano Floridi

Philosophy and Computing

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 16th September 1999
ISBN: 9780415180245
Number Of Pages: 256

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Philosophy and Computing explores each of the following areas of technology: the digital revolution; the computer; the Internet and the Web; CD-ROMs and Mulitmedia; databases, textbases, and hypertexts; Artificial Intelligence; the future of computing.
Luciano Floridi shows us how the relationship between philosophy and computing provokes a wide range of philosophical questions: is there a philosophy of information? What can be achieved by a classic computer? How can we define complexity? What are the limits of quantam computers? Is the Internet an intellectual space or a polluted environment? What is the paradox in the Strong Artificial Intlligence program?
Philosophy and Computing is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand both the development and history of information and communication technology as well as the philosophical issues it ultimately raises.

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..."a must read....The book is rich in detail, and the catalogue of facts enumerated along the way is well worth having at one's disposal.." -"Ethics and Information Technology, 2001 "An excellent introduction to the new technology that dominates our lives." -"The Philosopher's Magazine "It represents a breath of fresh air amidst the proliferation of books on individual aspects of ICT and its "philosophy."" -"British Journal for the Philosophy of Science "An impressive introductory text. Floridi bravely categorises artificial intelligence, and deals with cyborgs and robots." -"New Scientist "Floridi's helpful, informative and often fascinating book is a welcome arrival. Floridi writes calmly and with good sense on topics that others have hyped mercilessly ." -B. Jack Copeland, The Turing Project, University of Canterbury

Prefacep. ix
Divide et computa: philosophy and the digital environmentp. 1
The digital revolutionp. 1
The four areas of the digital revolutionp. 4
From the analogue to the digital: the new physics of knowledgep. 9
The digitisation of the infosphere: three stepsp. 14
The relations between philosophy and computingp. 15
The digital workshopp. 20
From the laboratory to the housep. 20
What is a computer?p. 21
Programming languages and softwarep. 47
Types of commercial computersp. 50
The personal computerp. 51
A revolution called Internetp. 56
The Internet as a basic technological changep. 56
What is the Internet?p. 61
What can the Internet be used for?p. 67
The future of the human encyclopaedia in the third age of IT: Frankenstein or Pygmalion?p. 79
The digital domain: infosphere, databases and hypertextsp. 88
The Paradox of the growth of knowledge: from the chicken and the egg to the needle in a haystackp. 88
"Everything must be transformed into an Encyclopaedia" (Novalis)p. 97
What is a database system?p. 99
Types of database systemsp. 102
Data, information and knowledge: an erotetic approachp. 106
The hyperbolic space of the infosphere and the fifth elementp. 108
The aesthetic and the ontological interpretation of databasesp. 110
Ideometryp. 111
The commodification of information and the growth of the infospherep. 113
Rich and poor in the information economyp. 114
ICT practical problems and computer ethicsp. 116
Textual analysis: a constructionist approachp. 116
Hypertext as information retrieval systemp. 117
Conclusion: a Renaissance mind?p. 130
Artificial intelligence: a light approachp. 132
GOFAIp. 132
Turing's Testp. 134
Four limits of Turing's Testp. 136
The application-areas of AIp. 142
The conditions of possibility of AI and the paradox of GOFAIp. 146
From GOFAI to LAIp. 148
The Cartesian nature of LAIp. 150
Deep Blue: a Cartesian computerp. 151
The success of LAIp. 154
The limits of LAIp. 215
Conclusionp. 218
Notesp. 224
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780415180245
ISBN-10: 0415180244
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1