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Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 349–352 | Cite as

Better Living Through Technology

  • David J. GunkelEmail author
Commentary

Abstract

In this brief response to Mark Coeckelbergh’s contribution, I demonstrate how the author introduces an important shift in the way we approach technology. Instead of focusing on the new and often-times dramatic existential vulnerabilities supposedly introduced by technological innovation, Coeckelbergh targets the way technology already transforms our existential vulnerabilities. And I show how this shift in focus has three very important consequences: (1) a different way to ask about and investigate the question concerning technology, (2) the importance of hacking as a mode of responding to this question and (3) the significance of questioning as a philosophical project.

Keywords

Technology Martin Heidegger Hacking Philosophy Artificial Intelligence 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDekalbUSA

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