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Humanities 2016, 5(1), 17; doi:10.3390/h5010017

The Human/Machine Humanities: A Proposal

Département de langue et littérature françaises, McGill University, 845 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
Academic Editors: Albrecht Classen and Paul Keen
Received: 29 September 2015 / Revised: 4 February 2016 / Accepted: 4 February 2016 / Published: 1 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Humanities in a Utilitarian Age)
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What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? The pull of engineering on every aspect of our lives, the impact of machines on how we represent ourselves, the influence of computers on our understanding of free-will, individuality and species, and the effect of microorganisms on our behaviour are so great that one cannot discourse on humanity and humanities without considering their entanglement with technology and with the multiple new dimensions of reality that it opens up. The future of humanities should take into account AI, bacteria, software, viruses (both organic and inorganic), hardware, machine language, parasites, big data, monitors, pixels, swarms systems and the Internet. One cannot think of humanity and humanities as distinct from technology anymore. View Full-Text
Keywords: technology; artificial intelligence; humanity; humanities; big data; parasites; virus; bacteria technology; artificial intelligence; humanity; humanities; big data; parasites; virus; bacteria
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