publication . Article . 2017

The Political Economy of Death in the Age of Information: A Critical Approach to the Digital Afterlife Industry

Carl Öhman; Luciano Floridi;
Open Access
  • Published: 07 Sep 2017 Journal: Minds and Machines, volume 27, pages 639-662 (issn: 0924-6495, eissn: 1572-8641, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Online technologies enable vast amounts of data to outlive their producers online, thereby giving rise to a new, digital form of afterlife presence. Although researchers have begun investigating the nature of such presence, academic literature has until now failed to acknowledge the role of commercial interests in shaping it. The goal of this paper is to analyse what those interests are and what ethical consequences they may have. This goal is pursued in three steps. First, we introduce the concept of the Digital Afterlife Industry (DAI), and define it as an object of study. Second, we identify the politico-economic interests of the DAI. For this purpose, we dev...
Subjects
free text keywords: Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Information Age, Marxian economics, Incentive, Philosophy of information, Philosophy of science, business.industry, business, Afterlife, Dignity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Philosophy of mind, Psychology
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publication . Article . 2017

The Political Economy of Death in the Age of Information: A Critical Approach to the Digital Afterlife Industry

Carl Öhman; Luciano Floridi;