We regularly host renowned visitors from the area of HCI who talk about their work during lunchtime. Hence, we invite the audience to bring their own lunch and engage with our speakers more informally.

Our next speakers are:

Title
The Internet as a labyrinth: a failed cognitive enhancement
Speaker
Cristina Voinea (University of Bucharest)
Date and Time
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017; 12:00h
Place
Library, Argentinierstraße 8, 2nd Floor, 1040 Wien
Abstract
In this talk we claim that the Internet has evolved towards the shape of an information labyrinth despite the techno-optimistic claims linking it with one of the most efficient means for cognitive enhancement. We critically assess the such statements by offering a brief survey of some of the Internet-based processes and phenomena which emerged as potential threats to our cognitive capacities. In the last part we will sketch a solution or, more precisely, an attempt of finding Ariadne's thread that could guide us to the center (where the potential for enhancement lies) and then out of the informational labyrinth that is today's Internet.
Short Bio
Cristina Voinea is a PhD Candidate at the University of Bucharest, Department of Philosophy. Her interests revolve mainly around information and computer ethics and philosophy of technology. She participated in specialized international conferences like ETHICOMP or ENSO and was also engaged in collaborations with several research centers around Europe like Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, where she first presented the paper ‘Designing for Conviviality’ within a work-in-progress workshop, and Institut für Bio-und Medizinethik, University of Basel, Switzerland.