Philosophy and Computing explores each of the following areas of technology: the digital revolution; the computer; the Internet and the Web; CD-ROMs and Mulitmedia; databases, textbases, and hypertexts; Artificial Intelligence; the future of computing.
Luciano Floridi shows us how the relationship between philosophy and computing provokes a wide range of philosophical questions: is there a philosophy of information? What can be achieved by a classic computer? How can we define complexity? What are the limits of quantam computers? Is the Internet an intellectual space or a polluted environment? What is the paradox in the Strong Artificial Intlligence program?
Philosophy and Computing is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand both the development and history of information and communication technology as well as the philosophical issues it ultimately raises.
An impressive introductory text. Floridi bravely categorises artificial intelligence and deals with cyborgs and robots. - New Scientist
'Floridi's book is a technical tour de force an excellent introduction to the new technology that dominates our lives.' - The Philosopher's Magazine, Winter 2000
'A very good introduction to computing and to philosophical problems of computing…the book will provide philosophers with a very good understanding of computer science and related philosophical problems.' - MATH