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Communication, technology, and the planetary creature
Author/s: Giuseppe O. Longo 
Year:  2009 Issue: 40 Language: Italian 
Pages:  23 Pg. 12-34 FullText PDF:  696 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SC2009-040003
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Today biological evolution based on genetic mutations is largely exceeded by even faster cultural and technological evolution, with two main consequences: 1) the formation of Homo technologicus, a symbiotic creature where biology meets technology; 2) the formation of Planetary Creature, which originates from the interconnection of the individual man-machine symbionts and is heralded by the Internet and by the communication activities occurring in the Internet, in particular those taking place in the so-called social networks. The Planetary Creature is a single world-wide structure where communication and cognitive processes occur, developing into a connective intelligence which transcends and absorbs individual intelligences. This process can enhance individual abilities: the growing efficiency and the decreasing costs of the communication offer unprecedented opportunities for augmenting knowledge and creativity and for eliciting novel forms of intellectual activity. On the other hand, there might be negative consequences such as addiction to computers and virtuality, delegation of activities and abilities to machines, vulnerability of complex systems, undue control on individuals and economic exploitation. Some consequences of these developments are examined

Giuseppe O. Longo, Communication, technology, and the planetary creature in "SOCIOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE " 40/2009, pp. 12-34, DOI:10.3280/SC2009-040003


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