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Post-human: next steps for a new ontology and epistemology of the object

Grant number: 11/19611-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): June 15, 2012
Effective date (End): July 15, 2012
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal researcher:Maria Lucia Santaella Braga
Grantee:Maria Lucia Santaella Braga
Host: Winfried Nöth
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universität Kassel, Germany  

Abstract

This research aims to discuss the next steps and concerns for the post-human condition, highlighting the transmutation of what we are used to call objects. In a very short time, microchips will become so abundant that intelligent systems will be scattered in every corner of our environment, implanted in walls, furniture, our appliances, our home, our car, penetrating the fabric of our lives. Environments will become intelligent, transforming everything around us. Things that surround us, somehow, will turn into communicative beings. Information will jump to the objects, architecture, clothes and bodies. A generation of intelligent technologies - from cars to refrigerators - will learn to anticipate and act autonomously based on discernible patterns. Due to these changes the last ramparts of the old epistemological dichotomies between subject and object will eventually collapse? This research aims to put in question these dichotomies by exploring the key aspects of contemporary materialism, also known as speculative realism, as it presents a potential to build bridges between oppositions which, until recently, philosophy would have considered insurmountable. (AU)

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