Chapter

Transparency and Control

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0014
Transparency and Control

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Technological information ensures that if properly linked with reality on the input side, the rigor of its algebra will faithfully preserve and process meaning and yield reliable and valuable information on the output side. Technological information is a marvel of permanence, perspicuity, and pliability. It promises to render reality not just perspicuous or surveyable but altogether transparent. Transparency seems to be the perfection of information about reality. The lessening of the transparency occurs at the operational level of technological information where scientists use high-level computer languages, computer graphics, and software packages. Control and the consequent sophistication of technological devices constitute the type of prosperity that is characteristic of the postmodern era.

Keywords: technological information; reality; permanence; control; perspicuity

Chapter.  4842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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