Dumas, B 2012, ‘The Future Lies Ahead – We’re Off To See…’, in Diving into the Bitstream: Information Technology meets society in a Digital World, Routledge, New York, pp. 232 – 254.
This book discusses a variety of complex issues regarding the development of information technologies and the potential impact on the development of human society. Published in close proximity, this book acts as a sounding board to Rocci Luppicini’s Evolving Issues Surrounding Technoethics and Society in the Digital Age. This is because author Barry Dumas reiterates the potential for similar issues to occur regarding the construction of society among a technological influx, however from a more explorative perspective. Moreover, Dumas forms a variety of relationships between information technologies and society constructs to explore the impact of such technology from both the perspective of the creator and the user. This exploration begins to identify hypothesis for how media will be interacted with on a societal level throughout the twenty-first century and questions the implications of informational technology on human agency.
Author Barry Dumas has experience in information technology spanning more than forty years. As a professor of computer information systems at Baruch College, City University of New York, his work is written from a perspective that encourages independent thinking and critical analysis. Furthermore, through the use of easy-to-process language, Dumas invites the reader of this piece to form their own associations with the variety of discussion. As a result, this book provokes open minded thought regarding the current technological onslaught’s impact on the way we as human’s think for ourselves and as a result, the trajectory of our lives.
Luppicini, R 2014, ‘Redefining the Boundaries of Humanity and the Human Body: From Homo Sapiens to Homo Technicus’, in Evolving Issues Surrounding Technoethics and Society in the Digital Age, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, pp. 1 – 10.
This book, released recently, provides an intriguing scope through which to view the potential impact of the current technological onslaught on human agency. The first chapter in particular uses both historical and contemporary conceptual analysis to define particular human characteristics as homo technicus. Homo technicus refers to human beings as intertwined with technology. Evidently, advances in digital communication technologies throughout the twentieth century have directly impacted human behaviour and overwhelmed aspects of daily life for an increasing majority of the developed word. Author Rocci Luppicini suggests that the twenty-first century will continue to create a fundamental societal shift to the way technology, science and ethics are viewed. As a result, the defining characteristics of humanity increasingly progress toward association with digital technologies, solidifying the impact of the technological onslaught on human agency. Such impact is explored throughout the book to discuss an array issues associated with an influx of digital technology including cybercrime, digital democracy and the ethical boundaries of humans and artificial intelligence.
Rocci Luppicini is an associate Professor of communication at the University of Ottawa, Canada and an experienced author. His expertise from the specific perspective of a social scientist and philosopher of technology, regard him as a useful source of information surrounding the onslaught of technological developments. Moreover, given the piece is discursive and not biased toward the sale of any products, the claims become open to interpretation and thus encourage further analysis.
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