The Information Age Imperative

Wolfgang Hofkirchner held a lecture at the online November plenary session of the Leibniz society of scholars (Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin) on 12 November 2020. The talk was in German and so are the slides.

The Information Age Imperative – the title of the lecture – is a call for an information revolution to make human cognition, communication and co-operation fit for the multi-crisis caused by global challenges that threaten human life on Earth. This situation – called the Great Bifurcation – requires a techno-eco-social transformation towards the Global Sustainable Information Society, which would lift the evolution of humanity onto a next level.

See the contents of the lecture:

  1. Between Anthropocene, Gaia, and Noogenesis
  2. A possible next step in anthroposociogenesis
    2.1 The two-step-model of Michael Tomasello
    2.2 A model of common humanity
  3. The required transformation into the Global Sustainable Information Society
    3.1 A development crisis of anthroposociogenesis
    3.2 An objective reqirement for crisis management: the techno-eco-social transformation
    3.3 A subjective requirement for crisis management: the Information Age Imperative
    3.3.1 The law of the generable required information
    3.3.2 The required information in the Information Age
    3.3.3 The information revolution that ushers in the third step in anthroposociogenesis

The argument is built on the approaches of emergentism, systemism, informationism and convivialism. By doing so, that research on the Information Age Imperative is another step in the elaboration of a Single Integrated Science of Information (SISI). It is a contribution to the Information Ethics project and touches the origins of systems thinking as well.

The presentation was recorded and is available here.

The slides as such can be downloaded here. (This version includes corrections from slides to


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