Power relations between human and machine

Anas­ta­sia A. Kudryavt­se­va
Nation­al Research Uni­ver­si­ty High­er School of Eco­nom­ics

Pow­er rela­tions between human and machine

Abstract. The paper con­sid­ers pow­er rela­tions through a pos­ses­sion by sub­ject of infor­ma­tion about the object of pow­er in con­text of the emerg­ing trend to imple­ment domin­ion by infor­ma­tion­al means rather than by force meth­ods. In com­par­ing two pat­terns ‘Human – state’ and ‘Human – machine’, the author con­cludes that this approach is objec­tive in the con­di­tions of advanced tech­nolo­gies of observ­ing and accu­mu­lat­ing infor­ma­tion. She con­sid­ers pow­er rela­tions between Human and tech­nol­o­gy in a his­tor­i­cal aspect and dis­tin­guish­es cer­tain stages, which are referred to as fol­lows: ‘Human – tool’, ‘Human – pet’, ‘Human – cre­ation’, ‘Human – Human’, ‘Human – God’. The author traces the evo­lu­tion of anthro­pocen­tric idea by illus­trat­ing it through the pat­tern of ‘Human – machine’ and ana­lyzes the per­spec­tive of shift­ing to a tech­no­cen­tric idea. 

Key­words: pow­er, human, machine, infor­ma­tion, tech­nol­o­gy, anthro­pocen­trism, tech­no­cen­trism, sec­ond nature, psy­chol­o­gy of a new human

DOI: 10.5840/dspl2019215


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