Alfred Nordmann

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If one considers the Collingridge dilemma to be a dilemma awaiting a solution, one has implicitly abandoned a genuinely historical conception of the future and adopted instead a notion of the future as an object of technical design, the realisation of technical possibility or as wish-fulfilment. The definition of technology assessment (TA) as a successful(More)
This article offers a contrast between European and US-American approaches to the convergence of enabling technologies and to associated issues. It identifies an apparently paradoxical situation in which regional differences produce conflicting claims to universality, each telling us what can and will happen to the benefit of humanity. Those who might(More)
Take the idea of exponential technological growth, work it through to its logical conclusion, and there you have the singularity. Its bold incredibility pushes aside incredulity, as it challenges us to confront all the things we thought could never come true—the creation of superintelligent, conscious organisms, nanorobots that can swim in our bloodstreams(More)
The recent efforts to identify and analyse the neo-Kantian roots of logical positivism have primarily concentrated on the impact of the Marburg School on Carnap and Schlick. Among the Marburgers, attention focused primarily on Ernst Cassirer. From among the contemporaries of the neo-positivists he is commonly regarded as their leading representative. In(More)