Post-Human Institutions and Organizations: Confronting The Matrix

1st Edition

Ismael Al-Amoudi, Emmanuel Lazega

Routledge
October 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815377948 - CAT# K338918
Series: The Future of the Human

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Summary

When the Matrix trilogy was published in the mid-1980s, it introduced to mass culture a number of post-human tropes about the conscious machines that have haunted our collective imaginaries ever since. This volume explores the social representations and significance of technological developments – especially AI and human enhancement – that have started to transform our human agency. It uses these developments to revisit theories of the human mind and its essential characteristics: a first person perspective, concerns and reflexivity. It looks at how the smart machines are used as agents of change in the basic institutions and organisations that hold contemporary societies together: for example in the family and the household, in commercial corporations, in health institutions, or in the military. Its main purpose it to enrich the ongoing public discussion of the social and political implications of the smart machines by looking at the extent to which they further digitalize and bureaucratize the world, in particular by asking whether they are used to develop techno-totalitarian societies that corrode normativity and solidarity.

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