Current Issue – December 2020
The Need for Digital Roots
In The Need for Roots, Simone Weil sets out, firstly, a subjective/objective contrast between rights and obligations, and argues that obligations are the more fundamental concept, on the grounds that these obligations stem from satisfying the vital needs of every human being. After outlining a list of such needs, Weil secondly identifies the need for roots, as quoted above, as the most important and least recognized need, and then analyzes how people in both towns and countryside have been “uprooted,” and deprived of this essential need. Finally, Weil tries to identify the means by which people and society can be “inspirited,” have their roots restored, and their souls’ needs met.
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- Book Review: Their Own Devices Posted in: Book Reviews, Environment, Ethics, Health & Medical, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact - Albright’s book focuses on a group of Americans who live a life of digital hyper-connectivity. Mostly under age 50, this… ... Read More
- Thinking about Racism in Engineering Education in New Ways Posted in: Commentary, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact - Contemporary circumstances in the United States, both in broader politics, recent protest movements around police brutality, and in the demographics… ... Read More
- For Richer, for Poorer – The Digital Economy Posted in: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics, Human Impacts, Interview, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact - Technological determinism is a myth; there are always underlying economic motivations for emergence of new technologies. The idea that technology… ... Read More
- No More “De-Root and Rule”: The Need for Digital Roots Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - We can perhaps accept Weil’s starting premise of obligations as fundamental concepts, based on which we can also reasonably accept… ... Read More
The Need for Digital Roots
Table of Contents
SSIT MATCHING GRANT
Autumn in the Northeast U.S.
No More "De-Root and Rule": The Need for Digital Roots
Their Own Devices
A. David Wunsch
Ways of Hearing
John M. Picker
For Richer, for Poorer - The Digital Economy: An Interview With Geoffrey Goodell
Thinking about Racism in Engineering Education in New Ways
Joel Alejandro Mejia, Renata A. Revelo, and Alice L. Pawley
ISTAS 2021 to be Held in Ontario, Canada
Heather Love and Rozita Dara
T&S Magazine - Changes for 2021
Katina Michael and Jeremy Pitt
Cyberbiosecurity, Ecopsychology, and Beyond: Our Formidable PIT Community
Dirk van der Linden, Ola Aleksandra Michalec, and Anna Zamansky
Thea Riebe, Stefka Schmid, and Christian Reuter
Aleksandra Pawlicka, Dagmara Jaroszewska-Choras´, Michał Choras´, and Marek Pawlicki
Saber Monadi Nouri and Mostafa Taqavi
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