Professorial Lecture - The Fourth Revolution: The impact of Information Technology on our lives
Who are we? And what is our role in the universe? IT is radically changing not only how we deal with the world and make sense of it, or interact with each other, but also how we look at ourselves and understand our own existence and responsibilities.
About the broadcast
Watch Professor Floridi discuss the impact of IT on our lives and on our self-understanding. He will outline his belief that IT is bringing about a fourth revolution, in the long process of reassessment of humanity's fundamental nature and role in the universe.
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics, and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is the founder and director of the Oxford University Information Ethics Research Group, and best known for his research on the philosophy of information and on information ethics. He is currently President of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. In 2009, he became the first philosopher to be appointed Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences in Gottingen and was awarded the Barwise Medal by the American Philosophical Association. In the same year Luciano was also elected Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). According to the Encyclopaedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, Luciano is one of Italy's most influential thinkers in the area of philosophy of science, technology, and ethics. Luciano is Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy & Technology, the new international journal to be launched by Springer in 2011.
This lecture was held on the 23 March 2010 at the Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire.