Archive for July, 2010

Database, Information and Knowledge (DIK)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Have decided to swiftly read through a copy of Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy and Computing, which I have had borrowed out from the library for a while. It was published in 1999 and seems to be a precursor of the establishment of the Philosophy of Information.

One part I found particularly interesting, titled ‘Data, information and knowledge: an erotetic approach’, is a short subsection of the fourth chapter, ‘The digital domain: Infosphere, databases and hypertexts’.

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Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Technology: Critical Reflections

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Collections of literature looking at Floridi’s work keep on coming. Firstly, Knowledge, Technology and Policy has a special issue titled “Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Technology: Critical Reflections”. Papers to feature can already be found online: http://www.springerlink.com/content/105285/?Content+Status=Accepted.

Also, the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence apparently has a special issue coming out titled “Inforgs and the Infosphere: Themes from Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence”.

Information Theory for Philosophers

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Just came across some nice posts at the blog ‘On Philosophy':

‘Information’ also gets its own category in this blog.

The Paradox of Inference and the Non-Triviality of Analytic Information

Monday, July 19th, 2010

New paper in the Journal of Philosophical Logic with a new take on the Scandal of Deduction: The Paradox of Inference and the Non-Triviality of Analytic Information. Part of the abstract:

Hence, although analytically true sentences provide no empirical information about the state of the world, they convey analytic information, in the shape of constructions prescribing how to arrive at the truths in question.

Some more material on the matter:

Review of “Information: A Very Short Introduction”

Monday, July 19th, 2010

can be found here: http://commons.pacificu.edu/eip/vol11/iss2/10/

Pre-print version.

Vlatko Vedral: Everything is information

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Was listening to the Sun, 11 Jul 10 edition of the BBC’s The Forum program, in which Physicist Vlatko Vedral was a participant. Decided to look at some of his stuff and found this: Vlatko Vedral: Everything is information

Here Vedral explains why he believes the fundamental stuff of the universe is information – and how he hopes that one day everything will be explained in this way.

He has recently published a book title Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information.

Looks interesting, but I should read my copy of Seth Lloyd’s Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos before I get another book on the matter.