Database, Information and Knowledge (DIK)

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

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:

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”.

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

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:

Vlatko Vedral: Everything is information

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.