Demystifying Information Technology and All Things Cyber - Overview
recent years several authors have published articles and books in which they
make predictions on how IT (information technology) will affect society in the
mid to long-term future. Some of these writers claim the advent of digital
technology has ushered in a fundamentally new era in human history, and that IT
prompts profound new philosophical, ethical, and even religious questions. By
contrast, in these topics I do not offer any far ranging predictions, but
instead take a deliberately short-term pragmatic view, assessing IT in the
here and now. While the future is far from certain, I believe some
commentators are assigning an unfounded mysteriousness to current and
short-term-future computing. My goal is therefore to demystify the current
state of Information Technology.
- Why the mysteriousness?
Digital devices are poor candidates for mysterious behavior, divine
activity or free or self-determined behavior since their main property
- What is the information
part of IT exactly?
Information is a tricky word and means different things to different
- What is software exactly?
A computer functions once it has been configured in a particular physical
program-state. Software is not immaterial.
- What does it mean to be
Digital is just a particular way to design the behavior of physical
- What and where is
Cyberspace does not have an existence separate from the human minds
that imagine it and experience it.
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| Contributed by: Adrian