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Experience Machines - The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds (Paperback) Loot Price: R753
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Experience Machines - The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds (Paperback): Mark Silcox
Experience Machines - The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds (Paperback): Mark Silcox

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Experience Machines - The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds (Paperback)

Mark Silcox

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In his classic work Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick asked his readers to imagine being permanently plugged into a 'machine that would give you any experience you desired'. He speculated that, in spite of the many obvious attractions of such a prospect, most people would choose against passing the rest of their lives under the influence of this type of invention. Nozick thought (and many have since agreed) that this simple thought experiment had profound implications for how we think about ethics, political justice, and the significance of technology in our everyday lives. Nozick's argument was made in 1974, about a decade before the personal computer revolution in Europe and North America. Since then, opportunities for the citizens of industrialized societies to experience virtual worlds and simulated environments have multiplied to an extent that no philosopher could have predicted. The authors in this volume re-evaluate the merits of Nozick's argument, and use it as a jumping-off point for the philosophical examination of subsequent developments in culture and technology, including a variety of experience-altering cybernetic technologies such as computer games, social media networks, HCI devices, and neuro-prostheses.

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Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 2017
Editors: Mark Silcox
Dimensions: 230 x 149 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 242
ISBN-13: 978-1-78660-068-4
Barcode: 9781786600684
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Communication studies > Media studies
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Computing & IT > Applications of computing > Virtual reality
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society
LSN: 1-78660-068-4

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