Informatik, TU Wien

The Internet as a labyrinth: a failed cognitive enhancement

The Human Computer Interaction Group is welcoming Cristina Voinea from the University of Bucharest to the Lunchtime Scientific Series.


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.


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.

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend the seminar.