The Internet and Philosophy of Science
From the perspective of the philosophy of science, this book analyzes the Internet conceived in a broad sense. It includes three layers that require philosophical attention: (1) the technological infrastructure, (2) the Web, and (3) cloud computing, along with apps and mobile Internet. The study focuses on the network of networks from the viewpoint of complexity, both structural and dynamic. In addition to the scientific side, this volume considers the technological facet and the social dimension of the Internet as a novel design.
There is a clear contribution of the Internet to science: first, the very development of the network of networks requires the creation of new science; second, the Internet empowers scientific disciplines, such as communication sciences; and third, the Internet has fostered a whole new emergent field of data and information. After the opening chapter, which offers a series of keys to the book, there are nine chapters, grouped into four parts: (I) Configuration of the Internet and Its Future, (II) Structural and Dynamic Complexity in the Design of the Internet, (III) Internal and External Contributions of the Internet, and (IV) The Internet and the Sciences.
Following this framework, The Internet and Philosophy of Science will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of science, philosophy of technology as well as science and technology studies.
- Creativity in the Internet as a Complex Setting: Interaction between Scientific Creativity, Technological Innovation and Social Innovation, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
- The Internet as a Complex System Articulated in Layers: Present Status and Possible Future, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
- The Future of the Web, James Hendler
- Designing an Internet of Machines and Humans for the Future, Yan Luo
- Strategies for managing Dynamic Complexity in Building the Internet, Ole Henseth
- Data Observatories: Decentralised Data and Interdisciplinary Research, Thanassis Tiropanis
- Digitization, Internet and the Economics of Creative Industries, Ruth Towse
- Digital Surplus: Labour in the Information Age, Enrique Alonso
- Biology and the Internet: Fake news and Covid-19, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
- The Novelty of Communicative Design on the Internet: Analysis of the Snapchat case from the Sciences of the Artificial, Maria Jose Arrojo
Part I Configuration of the Internet and Its Future
Part II Structural and Dynamic Complexity in the Design of the Internet
Part III Internal and External Contributions of the Internet
Part IV The Internet and the Sciences
"This book analyzes the Internet from the point of view of philosophy of science, thereby providing new insights into the key technology of our time."
Donald Gillies, University College London, UK