The construction of personal identities online

L. Floridi

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are building a new habitat
(infosphere) in which future generations, living in advanced information societies,
will spend an increasing amount of time. In the infosphere, it is progressively more
difficult to understand what life was like in pre-digital times and, in the near future,
the very distinction between online and offline will become blurred and then
disappear. The phenomenon is variously known as ‘‘Ubiquitous Computing’’,
‘‘Ambient Intelligence’’, ‘‘The Internet of Things’’ or ‘‘Web-augmented things’’.
GPs are a good example of this convergence: asking whether you are online when
driving a car while following some GP’s instructions updated in real-time is
becoming progressively less meaningful. We already live mostly onlife.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-479
Number of pages3
JournalMinds and Machines
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


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