It is often assumed that digitization and computer technology are inseparably linked. However, digitality is part of a much older cultural history, namely the symbols and signs that people have been inventing and developing since the first cave paintings, the first characters and mathematical symbols humans used to describe, structure and share their world. Digitization thus did not come through machine technology, but rather through early symbolization practices. In this light, the alphabet is a prototype of a digital system, but also all the counting systems that quantify and make our world comparable. In her lecture, the philosopher Sybille Krämer therefore tries to dissolve the connection between digitization and computer technology in order to understand why digitalization can penetrate our lives and our society so quickly and so profoundly. In fact, there are answers to the questions “What is the meaning of digital?” and “What is the meaning of digitalization?” that reach beyond computer technology.
Sybille Krämer is professor emeritus of philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin and senior professor at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg since March 2019. She has been a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, a permanent fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and a panel member of the European Research Council. Her research areas include epistemology; philosophy of language, writing, and image; symbolic machines; and digitization as a cultural technique.
Making Sense of the Digital Society
The current rapid pace of technological change creates enormous uncertainties – and thus the need for explanations that help us better understand our situation and shape the future. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are therefore continuing the Lecture Series Making Sense of the Digital Society that was launched in 2017. The aim of the format is to develop a European perspective on the current processes of transformation and its societal impact. The first speaker of this year’s series is the Philosopher Sybille Krämer.
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02/13/2020 19:00 - 02/13/2020 22:00
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