Released on 26 jun 2014

Announcing the publication of The Fourth Revolution, by Luciano Floridi

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions.

The Fourth Revolution:

Considers the influence information and communication technologies (ICTs) are having on our world

Describes some of the latest developments in ICTs and their use in a range of fields

Argues that ICTs have become environmental forces that create and transform our realities

Explores the impact of ICTs in a range of areas, from education and scientific research to social interaction, and even war

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 Floridi puts it, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution.

"Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity – the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have become environmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach to cover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and was recently appointed ethical advisor to Google. See more here

26 June 2014 | Hardback | £16.99 | 978-0-19-960672-6

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