Systems Theory course module focused on Information Ethics

Tomáš Sigmund from the University of Economics Prague and Wolfgang Hofkirchner held together a course module at the Vienna University of Technology. The module on Designing technosocial systems focused in the summer semester 2017 besides systems approaches and systemic approaches to information, information technologies and…

Yagmur Denizhan at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

In April 2017, Emergent Systems Group member Yagmur Denizhan, Professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Bogazici University, Turkey, was invited by the International Center for Philosophy of Information, School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Xi’an Jiaotong University, to give…

Information in Evolutionary Systems, social media, and enhanced humans

The Emergent Systems, Information and Society Research Group organised three workshops at the “IS4SI Summit Gothenburg 2017”, the biannual conference of the „International Society for the Study of Information“ as that society was renamed in Gothenburg. The Summit was held…

Information Ethics Systems Approaches workshop II

During May 2017 the second project meeting of Information Ethics Systems Approaches took place in Vienna. Besides Tomáš Sigmund and Wolfgang Hofkirchner, the following researchers participated: Annette Grathoff, Renate Quehenberger, Stefan Strauß, Liang Wang and Tianqi Wu. Privacy dominated the list…

Transhumanist shortcomings, net populism, and the discrimination of possibilities

In the week before Easter 2017, the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science hosted three events organised by the Emergent Systems Group as a prelude to three workshops to be held by the group at the IS4SI Summit…

Project started: Workshop I in Systems Approaches towards Information Ethics

Tomas Sigmund, member of the Emergent Systems Group, works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Systems Analysis that belongs to the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics at the University of Economics, Prague. Currently he is focusing on theoretical systems approaches towards information and computer…

“Meaning” did not come like a bolt from the blue

Recent literature suggests the appearance of information that is coupled to significance not only with the advent of biotic agents (“meaning“ in living systems) but already with prebiotic environments, namely, with the existence of agents (non-living, physical systems) that – according to the fourth law of thermodynamics after Stuart…

Talk at the third ISA Forum 2016 “The Future We want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World”

Wolfgang Hofkirchner attended Research Committee on Sociocybernetics sessions and held a lecture on Convergences  of  General  System  Theory,  Critical  Realism  and  Theory  of  Society. The Forum of the International Sociological Association took place in Vienna from 10-14 July 2016.

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