Saturday, February 24, 2018

Homo significans

"We could have tails, horns, wings, or plumes, be oviparous or live under the sea:  the best use that one could still make of humanity as only a means and never as an end in itself, to mis-paraphrase Kant, would still be in terms of inforgs, organisms that are semantically omnivorous, capable of semantic processing and intelligent interactions.  We generate and use meaning a bit like the larvae of the mulberry silkworm produce and use silk.  It is an extraordinary feature, which so far appears unique in the universe. . . ."

     Luciano Floridi, The 4th revolution:  how the infosphere is reshaping human reality (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2014), 165.

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