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Internet and Society Seminar: Luciano Floridi on ‘A second look into the future impact of ICT on our lives’

Date & Time:
11:00:00 - 12:30:00,
Monday 25 February, 2008


In this talk, I look at the future developments of Information and Communication Technologies and try to guess what their impact on our lives will be. The forecast is that, in information societies, the threshold between online and offline will soon disappear, and that once there won’t be any difference, we shall become not cyborgs but rather inforgs, i.e. connected informational organisms.

This presentation updates the analysis I provided in ‘A look into the future impact of ICT on our lives‘, The Information Society, 2007, 23.1, 59-64.

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  • Name: Professor Luciano Floridi
  • Affiliation: Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and GPI, University of
    Hertfordshire; St Cross College and IEG, University of Oxford
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  • Bio: Luciano Floridi is one of Italy’s most influential thinkers in the fields of philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, and ethics. He currently holds the research chair in philosophy of information at the University of Hertfordshire, Department of Philosophy. He is also Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford University, and Associate Professor of Logic at the Universita degli Studi di Bari. He is best known for his pioneering work on two new areas of philosophical research, which he has contributed to establish: the philosophy of information and information ethics. He is the founder and coordinator of the IEG, an interdepartmental research group on the philosophy of information at the University of Oxford, and the founder and director of SWIF, the Italian e-journal of philosophy.