Seeing Through the Fumes: Technology and Asymmetry in the Anthropocene
Zwier, Jochem ; Blok, Vincent - \ 2019
Human Studies (2019). - ISSN 0163-8548
Anthropocene - Asymmetry - Bataille - Cybernetics - Earth - Heidegger
This paper offers a twofold ontological conceptualization of technology in the Anthropocene. On the one hand, we aim to show how the Anthropocene occasions an experience of our inescapable inclusion in the technological structuring of reality that Martin Heidegger associates with cybernetics. On the other hand, by confronting Heidegger’s thought on technology with Georges Bataille’s consideration of technological existence as economic and averted existence, we will criticize Heidegger’s account by arguing that notwithstanding its inescapable inclusion in cybernetics, technology in the Anthropocene itself fosters an experience of what remains excluded. We conclude by indicating how such an experience is relevant for contemporary philosophical investigation of technology.
Foreword to the Special Issue on Urban Remote Sensing for Smarter Cities
Marpu, P.R. ; Tuia, D. ; Mallet, C. - \ 2018
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 11 (2018)8. - ISSN 1939-1404 - p. 2575 - 2577.
Computer vision - Earth - Machine learning - Monitoring - Remote sensing - Special issues and sections - Urban areas
Urban growth models predict rapid increases in extent and populations all over the world. It is anticipated that over two-thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050 [item 1) in the Appendix]. The fastest growing cities in the world are in the developing countries where the infrastructure growth has not been matching the urban growth thereby creating a range of socio-economic issues [item 2) in the Appendix]. In developed countries, urban monitoring mainly consists in tracking more subtle changes and densification within cities. In both cases, poorly planned urbanization can lead to greater risks to the quality of life and thereby significant economic risks.