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Technologies of the Self

Technologies of the Self Philos. Technol. (2012) 25:271–273 DOI 10.1007/s13347-012-0083-6 EDITOR LETTER Luciano Floridi Received: 12 July 2012 / Accepted: 12 July 2012 / Published online: 22 July 2012 Springer-Verlag 2012 Some time ago, I met a very bright and lively graduate, who registered with Facebook during the academic year 2003–2004, when she was a student at Harvard. Her Facebook ID number was 246. Impressive. A bit like being the 246th person to land on a new continent. Such Facebook ID numbers no longer exist. In a few years, that continent has become rather crowded, as she has been joined by several hundreds of million users worldwide. Half a billion was reached in July 2010. It is a good reminder of how more and more people spend an increasing amount of time ‘onlife’, interacting with and within an infosphere that is neither entirely virtual nor only physical. It is also a good reminder of how influential information and communication technologies are becoming in shaping our personal identities, as technologies of the self. In the philosophy of mind, there is a well-honed distinction between personal identity and self-conception or more simply between who we are (call it our onto- logical self) and who we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Technologies of the Self

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 25 (3) – Jul 22, 2012

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2012 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
ISSN
2210-5433
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2210-5441
DOI
10.1007/s13347-012-0083-6
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Philos. Technol. (2012) 25:271–273 DOI 10.1007/s13347-012-0083-6 EDITOR LETTER Luciano Floridi Received: 12 July 2012 / Accepted: 12 July 2012 / Published online: 22 July 2012 Springer-Verlag 2012 Some time ago, I met a very bright and lively graduate, who registered with Facebook during the academic year 2003–2004, when she was a student at Harvard. Her Facebook ID number was 246. Impressive. A bit like being the 246th person to land on a new continent. Such Facebook ID numbers no longer exist. In a few years, that continent has become rather crowded, as she has been joined by several hundreds of million users worldwide. Half a billion was reached in July 2010. It is a good reminder of how more and more people spend an increasing amount of time ‘onlife’, interacting with and within an infosphere that is neither entirely virtual nor only physical. It is also a good reminder of how influential information and communication technologies are becoming in shaping our personal identities, as technologies of the self. In the philosophy of mind, there is a well-honed distinction between personal identity and self-conception or more simply between who we are (call it our onto- logical self) and who we

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 22, 2012

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