The introduction of writing, especially the alphabet, marked the transition from (oral, mythical) pre-history to history, because it allowed the past to leave its own articulated messages. So, history – consisting of ‘historical facts’, both ‘absent’ and ‘objectively real’ – had a beginning. Contemporary I&C technologies substitute written records by the formal identity of data and algorithms. In doing so, they blur the distinction between absent past facts and their contemporary representations. They allow the on-demand presence of past facts, that do not become ‘history’ anymore. Consequently, these technologies mark the end of history and the transition to a post-historical era.
|Title of host publication||The Art of Ethics in the Information Society|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Number of pages||5|
|ISBN (Electronic)||978 90 4853 515 6|
|ISBN (Print)||978 94 6298 449 3|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Nov 2016|