Google’s Philosopher

Robert Herritt, Pacific Stamndard, Jan 02, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This argument from "Google's philosopher" (actually Oxford ethics professor Luciano Floridi) has been flagged as "novel", but they're actually in line with a lot of contemporary thinking. According to Floridi, 'you are your information, which comprises everything from data about the relations between particles in your body, to your life story, to your memories, beliefs, and genetic code." This reminds me immediately of McLuhan's argument that our tools and devices are extensions of ourselves, and George Siemens's suggestion that our thoughts and ideas are contained in the network beyond our physical brain. The idea of an identity that is not simply the body has a long history, and in today's networked and digital age, it makes more than merely spiritual sense.

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