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Into the Universe of Technical Images$
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Vilém Flusser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670208

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670208.001.0001

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To Decide

To Decide

(p.115) To Decide
Into the Universe of Technical Images

Vilém Flusser

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter reflects on the problem of freedom in a telematic society, comparing it to a dialogical net through whose threads information runs from knot to knot. The knots of this dialogical net are human and artificial intelligences, where the information accumulates to be stored, computed into new information, and finally sent on toward other knots. To the extent they represent human rather than artificial memories, the knots in the telematic net are known in ordinary language as the “I.” The “I,” the human being, happens to be a free being. And this freedom is the source of all technologies and, finally, of telematics. Telematics appears to be a technology that replaces human beings not only in the creative process but also in the decision-making process. More specifically, humans will be replaced, step by step, by automata as producers and critics of information, even as they will maintain the right to say no.

Keywords:   freedom, telematic society, information, artificial intelligence, telematics, human beings, decision-making, automata

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