Abstract - The Information Society 29(5)

ICT and Human Progress

Mario Radovan


Information and communication technology (ICT) has changed the life of people at the operative level; it is less clear in what ways and to what extent it has changed the way people feel and develop as human beings. We create excellent means, but are we feeling better and getting better, and by what criteria should we evaluate our progress? Operative power is needed for the human progress, but it is not enough. In this paper we consider the traditional values of knowledge, goodness (ethics) and beauty (aesthetics) as the criteria of human progress, and how our embrace of ICT has affected our advance toward these values. We round up our discussion with reflections on aspects of human nature that lead people along the ways of knowledge, goodness and beauty, and also those that hinder such advancement.

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