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In order to explain surprising political phenomena like Donald Trump and Brexit, we have to look at the unprecedented impact of new technologies on our total environment. Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, has entertained the thesis that the television age, which brought people together, is over. He opines that the television age has been…

The documentary film Best of Enemies (2015) is not just a compelling chronicle and contextualization of the famous 1968 television debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal. As the sequence during its closing credits makes clear, the documentary also aims to provide us with nothing less than the origin story of our current digital age of polarized politics.…

Modern technological innovation has made globalization possible. And globalization’s new social reality is unparalleled in history. Accordingly, it presents politics with new challenges. But it also presents politics with unprecedented technological power to deal with these new challenges. However, the power of these technologies is ambiguous, since they can create two types of experiences: “hot” and “cool.” These two experiences…

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way since IBM’s DeepBlue defeated chess master Gary Kasparov (in suspicious circumstances, on its second attempt) in 1997. Our most advanced AIs have gone from dubiously defeating humans at chess to convincingly defeating humans at a more exotic board game. I’ll delegate the job of explaining the game to Henry Kissinger: “In [Go], each…

Thinking About Technology: How the Technological Mind Misreads Reality. Gil Germain. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2017.
 
Gil Germain’s Thinking About Technology: How the Technological Mind Misreads Reality argues that modern technology has obscured, and continues to obscure, humanity’s perception of reality. It does so by masking the true nature of human existence, which Germain characterizes as an erotic encounter with the world…

It is a nearly universally acknowledged fact that technology carries the potential for both great benefits and great dangers to human beings. Few question the assumption that science and technology, in themselves, are mere tools in the hands of human beings capable of turning them to good or ill.
But are these assumptions correct? Does science itself have a moral character?…

The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film. Kimberly Hurd Hale. Lexington Books, 2016.
 
In The Politics of Perfection:  Technology and Creation in Literature and Film, Kimberly Hurd Hale confronts one of the most serious political issues facing humanity in the 21st century.  Technology, increasing at an exponential rate, offers unique challenges and opportunities.  While most people have…

No one is obliged to take part in the spiritual crises of society; on the contrary, everyone is obliged to avoid the folly and live his life in order.
― Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism
 
Technological Rule
“I saw some of the turning beauties of the sky/ And we came out to see, once more, the stars.”[1] So concludes Dante’s voyage through…

This article is the first step towards a Voegelinian study of the history of the relationship between millenarianism and technology. In it I concentrate upon “transhumanism,” a coagulation of opinions united by a shared belief that man’s nature is inherently revolting, flawed and imminently about to be transcended with the addition of cybernetic parts, uploading the mind to machines to…

Introduction
The prospect of universal justice is alluring. Right-minded persons would agree that a world whose entire population were treated fairly and equitably would constitute a vast improvement over the current global situation, with its egregious injustices and disparities.1 And global justice just may be an idea whose time has come, given that technological innovations on numerous fronts have integrated the…