Author: Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Starting from the book Emergent Information, emergentism, systemism and informationism are applied to the fields of social theory, the theory of information society and the theory of technology design in the age of global challenges. The new book makes the case for a Critical Social Systems Theory, a Critical Information Society Theory, and a Critical Theory of Techno-Social Systems Design. By doing so, principles are developed that are key for the techno-eco-social transformation towards a global sustainable information society. The subtitle of the book is: A transdisciplinary theories framework for the third step in sociogenesis.
Information Ethics, Responsi-bility and Sustainability
Co-ordinator: Sophie Huber-Lachner
New cultures of cooperation have been emerging all over Austria, Europe and the world. This research project seeks to map initiatives and projects, companies and politics that experiment with future ways of learning, working and living together.
"Conviviality" - i.e. sociability, joyance, festivity - describes their common ground, their mindset: the term coined by Viennese philosopher Ivan Illich, aims at using technical progress for truly human purposes: "Von der Produktivität zur Konvivialität übergehen heißt, einen ethischen Wert an die Stelle eines technischen Wertes, einen realisierten Wert an die Stelle eines materialisierten Wertes setzen." (1973|1975: "Tools for Conviviality"|"Selbstbegrenzung")
Eigen project. In preparation.
Still in production – Corona was slowing down the process and working closely with the protagonists was not possible. Hence, together with senior producer Markus Fischer (Fischerfilm) it was decided to resize the project to a TV documentary (45-60 minutes). Eight additional shooting days are planned.
Film project. Premiere: 2021.
Co-ordinators: Mark Burgin, Wolfgang Hofkirchner
After Burgin had created his General Theory of Information (e.g., Theory of Information: Fundamentality, Diversity and Unification 2010) and the feasibility and needfulness of a Unified Theory of Information had been demonstrated by Hofkirchner (e.g., Emergent Information 2013), the UTI Research Group had achieved a milestone that opened a new vista: further steps towards a Science of Information in its own right. That is on our agenda now.
Eigen project. Start: June 2019.
Co-ordinators: José María Díaz Nafría, Teresa Guarda
The glossaLAB Project has the purpose of developing an interactive open platform for conceptual elucidation and its application to the interdisciplinary co-creation, learning, dissemination and assessment of the knowledge underpinning interdisciplinary frameworks (in particular, the general study of systems and information). This development comprises:
- at the technical level, the semantically interoperable recompilation of valuable scattered encyclopaedic contents;
- at the theoretical level, the increase of intensional performance (or reduction of conceptual redundancy) and the further elucidation of concept; and
- at the meta-theoretical level, the assessment of knowledge integration based on diversity and conceptual network integration.
The glossaLAB consortium is constituted by:
- Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (Ecuador),
- Madrid Open University (Spain),
- GSIS – The Institute for a Global Sustainable Information Society (former UTI Group) (Austria),
- BITrum – Grupo de investigación (Spain),
- Universidad de León (España),
- Institute for Design Science (Germany),
- International Society for the Study of Information (Austria),
- Yachay University of Technology (Ecuador),
- Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (Ecuador).
Funded project. Start: March 2019.
Evolution of Information Processing Systems
Co-ordinator: Annette Grathoff
It is possible to come to a positive motivation for conserving (bio)diversity by considering knowledge about how stability develops and is lost in evolution. The main problem is stated on the GSIS main page, namely that science is continued to be split up into ever more specialised disciplines that are siloed against each other. To face this problem, interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange needs to be focused. The Evolution of Information Processing Systems project is a contribution to reaching this goal.
Materialism, Critical Media and
Authors: Sebastian Sevignani, Sevda C. Arslan
This textbook introduces and discusses the most important critical media and communication theorists, who contribute to a better understanding of media's and communication's role in capitalism.
Book project. Publication, originally planned for 2020, has been postponed.
Edgar Morin: Das Leben des Lebens
Editor: Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Translation: Cecile Malaspina, Rainer E. Zimmermann
German translation of Edgar Morin's second volume La Vie de la Vie of the six volumes of La Méthode. It follows the first volume Die Natur der Natur.
Book project. Publication planned for 2021.
Editors: Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Hans-Jörg Kreowski
The proper guide to a posthuman condition or a dangerous idea?
The book contains among others contributions of Emergent Systems Group members Klaus Kornwachs, Tomáš Sigmund, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Robert K. Logan, Christian Stary.
Book project. Publication: 2020 in the Springer book series Cognitive Technologies.
Origins of Systems Thinking
Co-ordinators: Robert K. Logan, Annette Grathoff, Wolfgang Hofkirchner
The assumption we would like to substantiate is that not only with the science of Ecology, not only with General System Theory and even not only with Aristotle Systems Thinking was born. It might have been born with the birth of homo sapiens (sapiens) and might have to do with conceptual thinking that features the capacity to generalisations and with the dissociation of humans from their social relations that features the capacity to hierarchical thinking.
Eigen project. Start: August 2017.
Systems Approaches to Information Ethics
Co-ordinators: Tomas Sigmund, Wolfgang Hofkirchner
How does Information Ethics take shape in the perspective of Systems Theory?
Supported by the Department of Systems Analysis, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, University of Economics, Prague. Duration: 2017-2019.
Continued as Information Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability.
Social Net-working Sites in the Sur-veillance Society
Co-ordinator: Christian Fuchs
The overall aim was to study electronic surveillance on social networking sites that are used by Austrian students.
Past project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Duration: 2010-2014.
Human Strategies in Com-plexity
Co-ordinator: Wolfgang Hofkirchner
The overall aim was to lay foundations for an evolutionary systems theory.
Past project funded by INTAS and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture. Supported by the UTI Research Group. Duration: 2001-2004.
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