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Hey /lit/, does anyone know of contemporary philosophers that write about technology and its relationship to humans and society? When I say contemporary I mean works put out within the past five years or so. I feel like with how rapidly the atmosphere of society has changed with the advent of social media, communications, and government surveillance there would be more people writing opinions on the subject in the ways that philosophers have addressed issues of morality and such in the past. I've been thinking it would be interesting to read what other people have to think, and by the nature of structured and well written philosophy, a welcome alternative to 3 lines of shitposting on anonymous image boards. Obviously RMS would probably be on the list, so does anyone else know of writers on these topics that are worth reading?


Phillip k dick.


William Gibson
you will love him


Lyotard and Baudrillard.
>I feel like with how rapidly the atmosphere of society has changed with the advent of social media, communications, and government surveillance there would be more people writing opinions on the subject in the ways that philosophers have addressed issues of morality and such in the past.
Nothing new since the 50s. Back then everyone already had some ideas that their future would be like this.


Nick Bostrom


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In the vein of >>225, I would say Marshall McLuhan.


Frank J Tipler's Physics of Immortality might be of interest. Would attach a PDF, however it's too large.


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Bernard Stiegler Technics and Time.


Try Evgeny Morozov.


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McLuhan is a very interesting guy.

Another thinker i really like is Evgeny Morozov, he has a more sceptical view on technology (I adore his snarky writing style).


5 years is not much, I think AI and consciousness stuff is the most loud now but the site I linked has a lot of related articles.




Alexander Galloway and McKenzie Wark are the big two in contemporary not-pop media theorists. Try Galloway's the Interface Effect or their collab with Thacker, Excommunication.

Peter Sloterdijk and Vilem Flusser are great but lean more heavily towards philosophy.

Imo plain media theory is in general easy to read without much academic background, I started reading it in highschool, so there's no reason to settle with pop intellectuals like Morozov or Bogost.

Just go through MIT & Semiotext's publications and pull out anything that seems interesting.


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Thank you for this post!


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Liquid modernity - Zygmunt Bauman


baudrillard is based


Besides McLuhan and Baudrillard, you might have a look into Heidegger; he doesn't fit your criteria of being new but some of the stuff he's written about technology (readiness-to-hand in Being and Time) is relevant. Dense as fuarrrk though, be warned.

In terms of other recommendations, I recently read The Machine Question, by David Gunkel. Pretty good, accessible to read. I also read The Shallows by Nicolas Carr there a few years back, but I remember it not being that good (easy to read though, and short. You'd probably finish it over a weekend).


McLuhan is mentioned more than I thought he would.

When someone famous comes from your country it's hard to tell if he's actually famous or not.


Robots Will Steal Your Job But That's OK, Federico Pistono
Btw im thinking about writing a story about this /cyber/ guy who lives in a /cyber/ city and a girl who lives in a countryside. Both will take advantages of their places to change the world. Living free, the robots will do your job and you will be free to do what you want. Like the Venus Project.
What you think?


Heh, there's famous and then there's "Canada famous"


Manuel deLanda - War in the Age of Intelligent Machines


we've stepped outside the realm of technology but if you're gonna suggest heidegger may as well suggest derrida, IMO he did a better job with some of heidegger's ideas than heidegger did


there's a few people out there reading Heidegger in the context of tech. haven't read any myself so can't offer an opinion but it exists.


While not in the form of books, per-se, Christine Love has created a few VNs that deal with social media, the lack of privacy, and how people interact with technology in general.


Ironically, the one that takes place in the far future is primarily focused on problems of the past.

However, "Don't Take It Personally" is painfully realistic.


This is pretty interesting:

I read it maybe 10 years ago but still very contemporary in its theme and speculation.

"The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life."


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Seconding this. Here's a copy of it in pdf (30mb):


thank you!


At a certain level, Houellebecq also portrays some related ideas, some of them quite cyb.


Archaeofuturism by Guillaume Faye. Synthesizing the best of both worlds.


Robert M. Pirsig
Donna Haraway
Buckminster Fuller
Hans Moravec


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The Cultural Logic of Computation, by David Golumbia. I found it quite stimulating.

Of course, I posted in the wrong thread last time, and now my post is being discarded... That's what I get for browsing in my present condition, I guess.


the vogue of Heideggerian approaches to tech is long past. you can tell because now analytics are talking about it.

philosophy blog I really like: includes tech, politics, emphasis on Deleuze, Land, Baudrillard, Bataille, etc etc



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Any post-structuralist or critical theorist will satisfy your cyberfeelies to an extent.
Philosophy is about concepts more than it is about aesthetics, so including technology in philosophy would be extra baggage or superfluous since the things implied by the cyberpunk aesthetic are largely dealt with in post-structuralism and critical theory, just without the unnecessary conditioning of cyberpunk/tech themes.

Try habermas.
I don't like post-structuralism or critical theory, mostly because of their proximity to logical positivism.
I view all of these things as only one side of the coin; and by considering the universe abject from experience you're saying that your made up, empirically verifiable model is the extent of reality, when truth be told the mind knows things which don't exist physically, and are yet real, since anything known to us is in our reality and therefor must be properly adjudicated, those things have to fit into the picture, not just whisked away and ignored in a kind of bloated, crass materialism.


Alain Damasio, but I don't know if his books are translated

Jean Claude Guillebaud, same here



Furtherfield.org has a nice collection of essays in relation to net/tech culture critique. For instance this was just posted today: A Contemporary Delphic Oracle: The Church of Big Data



I'm getting into some René Girard maybe start with Violence and the Sacred.



Sorry me again, he's not some lefty cunt like the other philosophers in this thread.


More humanities than philosophy but I enjoy reading Manuel Castells


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If you can read French check :

>Scfi writer / philosopher :

Alain Damasio

>Philosopher, journalist :

Jean Pierre Guillebaud (pretty hard to read)

>Sociology :

Bourdien, Lacan (very hard to read), Burkheim, Foucault


speaking of pure philosophers and not writers, no one mentioned luciano floridi. tbh, I don't like him very much. he seems to have the flaws that affect most philosophers nowdays (talking about science without being a scientists, he's out of touch with internet underground culture and so on), but I guess that someone could find him interesting


Check out Tim Wu's latest book: Attention Merchants.


>McLuhan is a very interesting guy.
I really like how he predicted essentially the advent of the Internet during the heyday of the TV and radio. It's like he's a modern-day prophet.


In addition to piggybacking of the McLuhan suggestion (if you have the patience - McLuhan pulls no punches in assuming that his reader is extremely literate; here's another great - if somewhat dated, though prophetic - suggestion, Terence McKenna, giving a summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dROH6aOIUc ), I'd suggest Douglas Rushkoff. His "Program or Be Programmed" is what made me finally get off my ass and learn to program - it's a short book on ten reasons why it's imperative to be in control of your computer, i.e. as someone who can program at the very least - in the digital age.


I have this and haven't picked it up. It seemed like it could potentially be full of very rewarding content, care to elaborate more?


>a board about Lain
>post since 2014
>no one mentioned the guy who gave the Cyberia name, Douglas Rushkoff


Also, what's up with all those postmodernists posted here? I hate postmodernism.


Lainon, I beat you to the punch two posts up. What of his have you read? I received Throwing Rocks At The Google Bus as a birthday gift, as picked up PresentShock thrifting the other day. I read a chapter or two of Throwing Rocks but my attention was diverted to other things - any suggestions on works to read by him?