Energy, risks, and metatechnology

L. Floridi

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    Technologies lower constraints and expand affordances. By doing so, they
    continuously redesign the feasibility space of the agents who enjoy them. The more
    empowering or enabling technologies become, the more likely they are to change the
    nature and scope of the risks that they may bring, both in terms of undesirable
    outcomes (possible damages or losses) and in terms of missed desirable outcomes
    (potential benefits or opportunities). As a consequence, technologies, by their very
    nature, tend to redesign the corresponding space of risks in which agents operate and
    interact. Like a string of paper dolls, it seems that technologies cannot shape actual
    constraints and affordances without also shaping the corresponding risks, both
    positive and negative.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-94
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhilosophy and Technology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


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