Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 64, 2018

Philosophy of Technology

Sabine Thuermel
Pages 83-87

Potentiality and Actuality of Sociotechnical Environments

Computer-based simulations provide a link between theory and experiment. They demonstrate how the actual and the potential may be linked in virtual environments and socio-technical spaces in general. The virtuality in technologically induced contexts is to be explained based on Hubig’s two-tiered presentation of technology in general as a medium. In order to understand agency and interagency in sociotechnical environments a concept of multi-dimensional, gradual agency is introduced. It is shown that technology in age of information no longer offers passive toolboxes to be used but provides a wide variety of active participants for our sociotechnical environments.