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Mature Information Societies—a Matter of Expectations

Mature Information Societies—a Matter of Expectations Philos. Technol. (2016) 29:1–4 DOI 10.1007/s13347-016-0214-6 EDITOR LETTER Luciano Floridi Published online: 22 February 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016 We are so familiar with talk of Bthe information society^ that we sometimes forget there is no such thing, but rather a multitude of societies, unalike from each other, some of which may qualify as information ones in different ways and degrees. So we should really speak of Binformation societies^ without a Bthe^ but with an Bs^, and ensure that our generalizations are not so generic as to apply to all of them, while obliterating any salient distinction. Just to be clear, there is always a level of abstraction at which something is like anything else: the moon is like your umbrella, which is like a pizza, because they are all singular objects that exist and look round, for example. The point is not being smug about one’s own acrobatic equations (x is like y which is like z) but being critical in checking whether the level of abstraction at which the equation is drawn is the fruitful one to fulfil the purpose that one is pursuing. All this should clarify why, once we have many information societies that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Mature Information Societies—a Matter of Expectations

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 29 (1) – Feb 22, 2016

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
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10.1007/s13347-016-0214-6
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Philos. Technol. (2016) 29:1–4 DOI 10.1007/s13347-016-0214-6 EDITOR LETTER Luciano Floridi Published online: 22 February 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016 We are so familiar with talk of Bthe information society^ that we sometimes forget there is no such thing, but rather a multitude of societies, unalike from each other, some of which may qualify as information ones in different ways and degrees. So we should really speak of Binformation societies^ without a Bthe^ but with an Bs^, and ensure that our generalizations are not so generic as to apply to all of them, while obliterating any salient distinction. Just to be clear, there is always a level of abstraction at which something is like anything else: the moon is like your umbrella, which is like a pizza, because they are all singular objects that exist and look round, for example. The point is not being smug about one’s own acrobatic equations (x is like y which is like z) but being critical in checking whether the level of abstraction at which the equation is drawn is the fruitful one to fulfil the purpose that one is pursuing. All this should clarify why, once we have many information societies that

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 22, 2016

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