CYBERSOCIETY AND HUMAN CIVILIZATION
Maria Chiara Carrozza, President of the National Research Council (CNR); Mauro Magatti, Full Professor of General Sociology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Editorialist of Corriere della Sera and Avvenire; Luciano Violante, President Emeritus of the Chamber of Deputies, President of the “Leonardo Foundation.
Introduced by Andrea Simoncini, Vice President of the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples Foundation, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florence.
The prefix ‘cyber’ has literally become overwhelming: cybersociety, cyber-state, cybersecurity… “Cyber” is the English abbreviation for ‘cybernetics’, which in turn derives from the Greek Kubernetikè (Techne), the (art) of steering the ship, hence the Greek verb kubernao- guberno in Latin, to govern. Today, technology is no longer just an instrument of the human will, it is no longer limited to achieving what has been decided, but it is used to make decisions. Every day we turn to technological systems to know what has happened or what to do; thus, we are increasingly ‘governed’ by algorithms and software. What room is there still for human civilisation? Is it a slow and irresistible surrender to the power of a ‘super-society’ or is there still room for a new central role of man, of his ability to study, research, knowledge? What future does our passion for the person have in the algorithmic society?