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Digitocracy: Ruling and Being Ruled

Department of Law, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, 03207 Elche, Spain
Philosophies 2020, 5(2), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies5020009
Received: 17 April 2020 / Revised: 1 June 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
Digitalisation is attracting much scholarly attention at present. However, scholars often take its benefits for granted, overlooking the essential question: “Does digital technology make us better?” This paper aims to help fill this gap by examining digitalisation as a form of government (digitocracy) and the way it shapes a new kind of man: animal digitalis. I argue that the digitalised man is animal-like rather than machine-like. This man does not use efficient and cold machine-like language, but is rather emotionalised through digital technology. If those who are ruled acted like machines, data would not be produced on a mass scale, and machine learning would stop learning. Digital man has animal features and is ruled by his brain’s reward system. We need to abandon this new form of government and the resulting man. To overcome digitalisation, we need a humanism that recovers the proper place of man over animals and artefacts, but maintains respect for the value of nature. View Full-Text
Keywords: philosophy of technology; digitalisation; political philosophy; algorithmic governance; animal laborans; technologies of search; technologies of reputation; emotion; freedom of speech; technocracy philosophy of technology; digitalisation; political philosophy; algorithmic governance; animal laborans; technologies of search; technologies of reputation; emotion; freedom of speech; technocracy
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Ballesteros, A. Digitocracy: Ruling and Being Ruled. Philosophies 2020, 5, 9.

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