New Explorations Vol. 2 No. 3 (2022), A Special Issue: Digital Humanism & the Future of Humanity


Special Issue: Digital Humanism and the Future of Humanity 

This special issue edited by Wolfgang Hofkirchner and Hans-Jörg Kreowski contains full paper proceedings of the workshop organised by the Institute for a Global Sustainable Information Society, Vienna, Austria, together with the Forum Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility, Bremen, Germany, held at the online Summit of the International Society for the Study of Information on September 14 – 16, 2021.

Global challenges present existential threats to humanity. These are threefold: technological, ecological and social. All of them are subject to the logics of development that have become outdated. Mankind has become so interdependent that the fixation on means of power, the anthropocentric position over and against nature and the self-centredness of social actors cannot guarantee survival, not to mention human flourishing – they even jeopardize such aims.

The papers gathered here revolve around the following questions: What is the role of technology in that context? What is the role of IT, of ICTs, and of AI? Are the promises of what is hyped today as digitalization purposeful to avoid pauperisation and extermination? If a change of thinking is needed, is Digital Humanism perhaps a candidate for the new way of thinking? Digital Humanism claims to redirect development of digital technology toward a human(e) shape. The workshop was held to explore that matter and the contributions compiled in this special issue do so over a vast panorama of ideas. They try to give evidence of potentials of digitalisation to further the good while warning against impacts that are detrimental to the preservation and proliferation of civilized life on earth.

PUBLISHED: 2022-06-22


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