by Thierry de Pauw on
Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente
Book: Nihilism and Technology
Technology gives you leisure. And it is liberating.
Aristoteles: leisure through slavery
Karl Marx: why not have leisure for everyone also for the slaves
That is what technology tries to promise: leisure for everyone
Is technology just a tool?
A means to an end?
Or is it just destroying the world?
utopianism: technology is progres
@jamgregory: @ethicistforhire There's a few different perspectives on technology.
For example, Tinder could be seen as a utopia for dating. Perhaps it's just an analogy for how we date in real life? Or is it dangerous - the "keep swiping" button that appears if you aren't swiping enough! #LeanAgileX
Whenever a philosophy professor offers you 3 options, there's a fourth:
Technologies are not neutral.
They are trying to change something about ourselves and about the world. @ethicistforhire
Technologies reveal and conceal simultaneous. What the technology gives us and hides from us. @ethicistforhire
technologies are means to human ends
technologies are not mere means
Tinder is not a dating app. It is a judging app. @ethicistforhire
Facebook at the beginning was also a like/dislike app.
Descriptive: technologies mediate practical life
technologies are not neutral
According to Marc Zuckerberk, technology has a mission to bring the world closer together.
Facebook is the death of democracy, judging women as hot or not
Data drives all we do
... we are necessarily strangers to ourselves ..., Nietzsche
- sufficient time? too busy
- sufficient earnestness? too cowardly
Make ourselves busy in order to avoid knowing who we are -> Why???
We like to have a boss who we can blame we don't have enough time
Nihilism is really what's in play here.
What does it mean? We are weary of man
Progress is not Human Progress
Why would we be "weary of man"?
Responsibility is Regulatability = Predictability
...a grand struggle against the feeling of displeasure..., Nietzsche
Religion = Salvation
(from the suffering created by religion)
@hairyagile: In C19th Nietzsche realised that people were becoming depressed. He gave examples of how priests make people feel better and offer salvation.
@ethicistforhire makes the case that technology companies do the same sort of thing. #Leanagilex
orgies of feeling: most dangerous, occasianally we need to explode (positive: , negative: hooliganism)
Tech Companies are modern day priests
Nietszche: God is dead
Bostrom: don't worry, Technology is God
"Brave New World" is not a tale of human enhancement gone amok, but is rather a tragedy of technology used to cripple humanity.
Too see technology as the solution to life's problems leads to seeing life itself as a problem, @ethicistforhire
Sketchnotes from @twalsh92:
- @twalsh92: A really interesting keynote from @ethicistforhire on “Nihilism and Technology” at @leanagilex #leanagilex #sketchnote https://t.co/r9ACb6ixaY
@jamgregory: An interesting question and answer session now about how we teach children they shouldn't be spending all their time on a tablet, but that the tablet is now their teacher.
Why - as adults - do we stop asking "why?" Maybe we're the problem...? #LeanAgileX
@jamgregory: Do we have a rush to the bottom in technology ethics?
Does the excuse "if we don't do it, someone else will" actually hold any water? #LeanAgileX