On this website you can find some texts that thematize an alternative approach to technology, although unfortunately it does not yet go far enough. The whole undertaking is also limited to the field of the so-called digital, the algorithms and machines, or what we call information and communication technologies, but which is – at least – operated here without discipline. One could also call the approach anthropocentric, but the concern is not to rehabilitate the centrality of man. That is certainly not the concern. It is not that humanity should be re-installed at the center of the universe, but rather that an important field of its action, technology, should be reconsidered. The approach is anthropocentric in the sense that technology is the result of deeply human activity and that we, the Ánthrōpoi, bear responsibility for the irreversible technological transformation of the world. To put it in a nutshell: we have painted ourselves into a corner. Perhaps we can still answer the question of which world we live in as the sum of disciplinary statements, or interpret it as an intellectual game or as a task of cognition. The question of which world we want to live in in the future (or are forced to live in), on the other hand, is essentially poietic. For this we must first get our “making” – today this means above all our technology – “mentally under control”. This can only be achieved by consistently neglecting the absurd boundaries between schools of thought in the humanities, the arts and natural and technical sciences. What has been artificially separated cannot be reunited by interdisciplinarity; undisciplinarity is probably the more appropriate means to achieve improvements in this matter. We need to develop a new understanding of technology while the current technical system is running at full speed. Otto Neurath’s saying imposes itself ….
„We are like sailors who on the open sea must reconstruct their ship but are never able to start afresh from the bottom. Where a beam is taken away a new one must at once be put there, and for this the rest of the ship is used as support. In this way, by using the old beams and driftwood the ship can be shaped entirely anew, but only by gradual reconstruction.„ Otto Neurath
A longer introduction to my website (english)
The same text in (german)