Showing posts from February, 2007

The Covey Award and Goldberg Graduate Award: call for applications

IACAP, the International Association for Computing And Philosophy, invites applications for the Covey Award and the Goldberg Graduate Award. The purpose of the awards is to provide recognition for faculty and graduate students engaged in innovative work in the field of computing and philosophy. For a description of the two awards and information about how to apply, you are invited to visit the website of the Association .

Philosophy of Technology

I just seen that the following new book is available. It might be interesting to the PI community: Philosophy of Technology , edited by Jan-Kyrre Berg Olsen & Evan Selinger. Philosophy of Technology is a collection of short interviews based on 5 questions presented to some of the most influential and prominent scholars in this field. We hear their views on technology, its aim, scope, use, the future, and how their work fits in these respects. Contributors include: Joseph Agassi, Albert Borgmann, Mario Bunge, Harry Collins, Paul Durbin, Andrew Feenberg, Joan H. Fujimura, Peter Galison, Allan Hanson, Donna J. Haraway, N. Katherine Hayles, Don Ihde, Ian C. Jarvie, Bruno Latour, Bill McKibben, Carl Mitcham, Andrew Pickering, Daniel Sarewitz, Evan Selinger, Dan A. Seni, Peter Singer, Susan Leigh Star, Isabelle Stengers, and Lucy Suchman.

Lecturing in the US

On the road (or rather on the flight) for twelve days to deliver four lectures and meet several colleagues and friends at the University of Arizona (Tucson), Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh) and University of Indiana (Bloomington). It is useful to be reminded of how different and articulated this country is. Center for Consciousness Studies (Arizona University) ISI Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture (Arizona University) Philosophy Department Colloquium (Arizona University) School of Informatics Colloquium (Indiana University)

Browsing together anyone?

The home toilet: the last frontier of an individual's private space, where you can finally lock the door, sit down and do some thinking undisturbed by the rest of the world and its vociferous crowd. Drinking a lot of water is very good not only for your body, but for your mind too, because it gives you that extra excuse to spend time with yourself, reflecting on the meaning of life while taking care of your natural functions. Until recently, browsing was a sort of toilet experience. Done alone. No need to be shy or embarrassed by the daily checking and visiting of sites other people may find weird, useless, stupid, improper, you-name-it. "You browsed what?!" was not a question that needed to be answered, because nobody was there to ask it. The pleasures of a lonely and silent space. Of course, gregarious people have always felt this was not quite alright. The siblinghood of let's-get- togethers love to meet, share, communicate, partake, aggregate, associate. How