Lecture：The Philosophy In Internet of Thing & ...
Nov 26, 2011 Saturday 16:00
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Lecture：The Philosophy In Internet of Thing And The Integration of Visual World
Visual world is an interactive 3D virtual environment, where the users take the form of avatars to interact with one another and use and create objects. It may be termed “internet of people”, which is represented by an American game “Second Life”. “The Internet of thing” refers to the network where physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, which in turn, is used to monitor and manipulate the system of objects. Both governments and nongovernmental communities around the world are striving to promote its formation. Once the “people” and the “thing” are integrated, a whole new form of civilization will take shape, and the traditional philosophical problems such as the origin of the world, personal identity, and other ethical and legal problems brought with it will definitely be an inevitable subject for those practitioners. The discussions on this issue must be grounded on the principle of “Human beings are the ends” brought up by Kant. Otherwise, we are very likely to lose ourselves because of the confusion of the means and the ends.
Zhenming Zhai is also known as “Philip Zhai”, currently Professor of Philosophy and Director for the Center of Virtual World Research at Sun Yat-sen University, China. He received his PhD in philosophy from University of Kentucky, and taught philosophy at Millsaps College and Muhlenberg Colloege from 1993 to 2000. His publications include books, The Radical Choice and Moral Theory (Kluwer, 1994), and Get Real: A Philosophical Adventure in Virtual Reality (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), and numerous articles. Apart from doing philosophy, Zhai has also created artworks in digital painting and electronic music, and involved in curatorial work for art exhibitions.... Read More
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