91 Works

Quantum Hermeneutics and Its Essential Questions

Guolin Wu
This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language presents a research program for Quantum Hermeneutics which serves as a theory for the epistemology, methodology and ontology of quantum texts and their understanding. As opposed to the texts of classical science and in this regard more like the texts of the humanities, quantum texts require interpretation. But as opposed to the humanities, quantum text concerns trans-empirical experience of a trans-empirical world - the quantum...

Non-linguistic systems as a way to make a password secure but memorable

Victoria Vorotnikova & Sergey Karlin
This article is based on the study of ways to create a secure password by integrating symbols from non-linguistic sign systems, in order to combine cryptographic strength and ease of memorization. This is relevant, as the old ways of complicating the password become obsolete, in view of their triviality and, as a result, susceptibility to hacking. Our research is based on the use of a system of symbols from various fields of interest (chemistry, programming,...

Infinity: Divine Paradigm

Chandrima Christiansen
“In the Beginning was the Word” provides the biblical reference to the word ‘Word,’ and ‘Infinity’ touches upon the traditional philosophical conventions that refer to God as the ‘Infinite’ and the creations of God as the ‘finites.’ Infinity as a technical artefact, engages the mind with its abstractness and metaphorical rendition as in Basic Metaphor of Infinity (BMI), but also with its concreteness as in programming, modelling and topography. ‘Infinity’ as a concept and as...

A word at the limit

Tatiana Kazarina
The article discusses the reasons for the pronounced interest of cubo-futurists in the possibilities of the poetic word and the nature of their experiments with linguistic material. The author proceeds from the fact that for the artists of the early Russian avant-garde, the laws of language and the system of cultural conventions are an artificially created barrier that protects the sphere of human existence from the surplus of naturally emanating energy. This protects society from...

Geofuturology of Technology

Irina Ignatyeva & Boris Isaev
This paper shows how the futurology of technology is structured within futurology as a whole, and the geo-futurology of technology within the science of geofuturology. Geofuturology is a scientific discipline engaged in forecasting geopolitical events and processes. It investigates the future states of the main geopolitical components: the planetary and space environment, the techno-sphere, human communities (ethnic groups, confessions, civilizations) and states dividing the earth's surface and subsoil, as well as global governing bodies uniting...

Enhancing the Assimilation of Foreign Language Vocabulary when Working with Students of the Digital Generation

Elena Ivanovna Chirkova, Elena Chernobets & Elena Zorina
The article is devoted to the analysis of modern methods for the assimilation of foreign language vocabulary by students belonging to the so-called digital generation. The aim of the study is to show the promising possibilities of non-traditional approaches to memorization. Generation Z students have peculiarities of perception, processing and assimilation of information, so conventional methods do not show good results. The article presents the digitalization of Leitner's technique related to spaced repetition. Special cards...

Technology for Professional Image Construction of a Medical Worker: COVID-19 Media Discourse

Aleksandr Yefanov & Valeria Banshchikova
The purpose of this study is to identify the technology for constructing a professional image of a medical worker through the COVID-19 media discourse. The empirical base consists of international publications (VOGUE, GQ, TIME, New Yorker, Esquire), national publications (Meduza, Rossiyskaya Gazeta) and at regional or local level (Kazan, Fontanka.ru) levels, all during the time-frame of March to December 2020. A complex of methods is used: structural analysis, contextual analysis, discourse analysis, visual analysis, secondary...

Instructing to and Instructing in: Two Paradigms of Instruction

Danka Radjenović
In my contribution, I appropriate the distinction made in English between “instructing to” and “instructing in” in order to differentiate between the mode of instruction characteristic of technical processes - instructing to - which is more akin to order and command, and a mode of instruction closer to teaching - instructing in. Talk of instruction covers a spectrum of cases, with the technological paradigm of “instructing to” being on the one end of the spectrum,...

Do it Yourself at YouTube

Yegor Grom & Stepan Bytsan
Every person at least once in his life is faced with an instruction - a certain set of rules, which spells out how to use a household appliance, how to behave in a given situation, perform this or that type of work, and so on. It can be a multimodal text that describes the actions, the implementation of which should lead to a result. If earlier the text with illustrations served as the main form...

Instructing Tacit Knowledge: Epistemologies of Sensory-Based Robotic Systems

Regina Wuzella
The article tries to outline the supposed precarity of the body (or body-bound knowledge) in the context of AI-based environments by re-negotiating the borders of formalizing material-based, cognitive and tacit knowledge in regards to the (robotic) gesture (of grasping). In the following, it will be a matter of tracing the epistemes underlying this simulation that relies on specific instructions, which is understood in this context as a specific rule or command and hence by nature...

Instructing Technology, Technological Instruction: Editorial Introduction

Jens Geisse & Marcel Siegler
The term instruction is multi-layered and used in completely different contexts – from printed user manuals, over explicitly uttered verbal directives to the implicit teaching of forms of conduct by exemplifying them. This issue collects contributions that explore instructions from a philosophical perspective on the relationship between language and technology. The following editorial introduces these contributions and identifies connections between them. Although the contributions in this special issue explore the term instruction from different angles,...

Program and Code

Reiner Hähnle
The nature of computer programs can be characterized from two different viewpoints: as executable artifacts that create signals on a computing device or as pure mathematical objects with a rigorous, unambiguous semantics. To distinguish both usages I use the word “code” for the first and “program” for the second. This distinction is relevant to avoid confusion when discussing notions such as validity or correctness of software. The point is illustrated by refuting a well-known claim...

The Body, the Soul, the Robot: 21st-Century Monism

Kevin Liggieri & Marco Tamborini
The thesis we will defend in the following pages is twofold. First, we indicate two linguistic-cultural turning points in the concept of the robot. The introduction of the body and the soul in the machine has paved the way towards new technical and epistemic possibilities and, thus, it has granted a new conceptual definition of robot. Second, we propose a return to Descartes as a starting point for a reinterpretation and redefinition of the concept...

The Blurring of the Boundaries between Humans and Robots is a Good Thing and a New Species would be Born: An Interview with Hiroshi Ishiguro

Hui Jiang, Lin Cheng & Hiroshi Ishiguro
The documentary Philosophy in the Age of Desire records a short encounter between Hiroshi Ishiguro and Markus Gabriel in 2018. Their exchange on the role of technology in human life, on the conception of human being, and other topics revealed noticeable differences between the German philosopher and the Japanese engineer. Four years later two separate interviews follow up on their conversation. In this interview, Hiroshi Ishiguro makes several points: First, there is no clear definition...

Diverse Cultures, Universal Capacity: An Interview with Markus Gabriel

Yue Li & Markus Gabriel
The documentary Philosophy in the Age of Desire records a short encounter between Markus Gabriel and Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoid in 2018. Their exchange on the role of technology in human life, on the conception of human being, and other topics revealed noticeable differences between the German philosopher and the Japanese engineer, but can these be interpreted as “cultural” differences? Four years later two separate interviews follow up on their conversation, This interview explores their differences...

Language of AI

Daria Bylieva
In the modern world human-robot relations, language plays a significant role. One used to view language as a purely human technology, but today language is being mastered by non-humans. Chatbots, voice assistants, embodied conversational agents and robots have acquired the capacity for linguistic interaction and often present themselves as humanoid persons. Humans begin to perceive them ambivalently as they would acknowledge an Other inside the make-believe of a game. Using artificial neural nets instead of...

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