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Digital Humanism

For a Humane Transformation of Democracy, Economy and Culture in the Digital Age

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  • Deals with cultural and philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence and pleads for a “digital humanism”

  • Philosophically sound and yet written in a way that will make it accessible for everybody interested in the subject

  • Provides a vision of what it means to live in a world where AI is a central technology for a more humane civilization

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 1-5Open Access
  3. Robots as New (Digital) Slaves

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 7-12Open Access
  4. Digital Simulations of Emotions

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 13-18Open Access
  5. The Problem of Autonomy and Determination in the Digital World

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 19-24Open Access
  6. The World as the Perfect Machine Universe

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 25-29Open Access
  7. Digital Optimization, Utilitarianism, and AI

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 31-34Open Access
  8. Economic Rationality as a Software Program

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 35-40Open Access
  9. Why Robots Don’t Have Moral Judgment

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 41-45Open Access
  10. Ethical Non-comparability

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 47-52Open Access
  11. Why AIs Fail at Moral Dilemmas

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 53-56Open Access
  12. Why AIs Can’t Think

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 57-64Open Access
  13. Digital Virtualities and Sober Realities

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 65-68Open Access
  14. On the Ethics of Internet Communication

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 69-73Open Access
  15. On the Ethics of Communication Between Humans and AI

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 75-79Open Access
  16. Cultural Aspects of Digitalization

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 81-86Open Access
  17. Digital Education

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 87-95Open Access
  18. Utopia of Liquid Democracy

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 97-103Open Access
  19. Socio-economic Aspects of Digitalization

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 105-110Open Access
  20. Transhumanist Temptations

    • Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
    Pages 111-116Open Access

About this book

This open access book deals with cultural and philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and pleads for a “digital humanism”. This term is beginning to be en vogue everywhere. Due to a growing discontentment with the way digitalization is being used in the world, particularly formulated by former heroes of Internet, social media and search engine companies, philosophical as well as industrial thought leaders begin to plead for a humane use of digital tools. Yet the term “digital humanism” is a particular terminology that lacks a sound conceptual and philosophical basis and needs clarification still – and this gap is exactly filled by this book. It propagates a vision of society in which digitization is used to strengthen human self-determination, autonomy and dignity and whose time has come to be propagated throughout the world.


The advantage of this book is that it is philosophically sound and yet written in a way that will make it accessible for everybody interested in the subject. Every chapters begins with a film scene illustrating a precise philosophical problem with AI and how we look at it – making the book not only readable, but even entertaining.  And after having read the book the reader will have a clear vision of what it means to live in a world where digitization and AI are central technologies for a better and more humane civilization.


Keywords

  • Digital Humanism
  • Philosophy of Computer Science
  • Computer Ethics
  • Scientific Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computers and Society
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany

    Julian Nida-Rümelin

  • Munich, Germany

    Nathalie Weidenfeld

About the authors

Julian Nida-Rümelin is one of the most well-known philosophers in Germany and Europe and an important opinion leader in Germany who has published inside and outside of academia. He was State Minister for Culture in the socialist-green national government of Gerhard Schröder in 2001/2002. In 2017 the Bavarian Government awarded him with the Medal of the Bavarian State for special merits on the Bavarian economy and in 2019 he received the Bavarian Distinguished Service Award. Since 2020 he has been part of the German Ethics Council.

Nathalie Weidenfeld is a well-known author and acted as co-writer in this project. She published inside and outside academia and taught film at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She is part of the Bavarian Ethics Commission.


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