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Authors
  • Allen, Barry1
  • 1 Department of Philosophy McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human Affairs
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Oct 09, 2020
Volume
30
Issue
4
Pages
512–517
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/humaff-2020-0043
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

We see new technologies changing how we live, and seemingly set to do so at a rising pace. How should we describe these changes, and what exactly is changing? I discuss the theory of technical change in Simondon, On the Modes of Existence of the Technical Object. Once we understand precisely what sort of change qualifies as “technical,” we see that the changes in question today have little to do with technology as such, more with a new infrastructure for its deployment.

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