Abstract This paper aims to explain how postmodern society is a complex multidimensional eco-system characterized by complexity, uncertainty, connectivity, horizontality and how multidimensionality entailed by digital technology reflects in all human domains. Art is a case in point, in visualizing the shift from mono to multidimensionality. The macro-micro social connections transform individuals into multidimensional or ‘augmented’ individuals: technology-empowered subjects are playing-out their daily life decision-making processes based on multidimensional choice-sets provided by the wide access to information allowed by the internet and digital media. Based on this scenario, if the Homo Oeconomicus (Hirshman, 1979) is the modern evolution of the Homo Sociologicus (Dahrendorf, 1966), in the Internet Age (McLuhan, 1992, Castells, 2002, Giddens, 1990, Bauman, 2007) the individual’s ideal type appears to be a ‘Homo Augmentatus’ (‘Augmented Individual’). The resulting higher grade of freedom of choice leads to an evolution of the concept of the subject’s responsibility into an ‘Augmented Responsibility’ or a complex-multidimensional construct, where freedom of the act of choice is exerted by hyper-subjective norms and values. At the same time, as a paradox, in contrast with the notion of ‘augmented individual’, digital technology is progressively taking over part of the individual’s decision-making processes of information selection (search engines), thus reducing critical appraisal of the augmented individual and subjugating their responsibility. Moreover, according to the Situational Context Theory, the recent accelerated evolution of digital technology (IoT, Implantables), by reinforcing the trend of progressive reduction of the physical distances between the ‘augmented individual’ and technology, makes technology further more competent than the subject in dialoguing with the situational environment. As a result, the more digital devices are competent, the more they offer information focused on the specific situational need, both in the area of research (search engines) and of location-based dialogue with the daily environment (IoT, NFC, VR). As Digital Technology trends are reducing distances and growing in competence, free-choice based responsibility, which initially appeared ‘augmented’, in reality is decreasing and becoming an illusion, quite as the cubism illusionism of Braque and Picasso painting.
|Titolo:||From Caravaggio to Braque: Digital Technology and the Illusion of Augmented Responsibility|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|