, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 465–473 | Cite as

Converging technologies and a modern man: emergence of a new type of thinking

  • Anna GorbachevaEmail author
  • Sergei Smirnov
Open Forum


The processes of changing the way of thinking, typical for modern people, and subsequently shaping a new “Homo clicking” individual are analyzed. The authors consider a specific mindset of “Homo clicking” illustrating it with some patterns and modes of action that characterize individuals in the human–machine interface. Under this frame, the influence of modern converging technologies upon human conduct is examined and functional redistribution between human beings and technical devices is outlined. In the literature, the latter phenomenon is referred to as “life outsourcing.” This material is used to introduce several principles that form the basis for a new type of thought and actions of “Home clicking”: snapping, transforming trust into knowledge, and action reduction. Reducing the traditional classic understanding of a human act of thinking to a pattern of a thinking act as a need-satisfying act is described. In the last section, we introduce an extension of Searle’s Chinese room, which can be seen as a possible consequence of intensive exploitation of technologies.


Converging technologies Life outsourcing Trust Knowledge The reduction principle Need “Homo clicking” “Chinese room” 



This work has been supported by Russian Science Foundation (“Building up neoclassical anthropology. A new human ontology” No. 14-18-03087 Project). The Project is carried out at Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Novosibirsk State University of Economics and ManagementNovosibirskRussia

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