Art and Cosmotechnics
(University of Minnesota Press, 29 June 2020)
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In light of current discourses on AI and robotics, what do the various experiences of art contribute to the rethinking of technology today?
Charting a course through Greek tragic thought, cybernetic logic, and the aesthetics of Chinese landscape painting (山水, shanshui— mountain and water painting), Art and Cosmotechnics addresses the challenge to art and philosophy posed by contemporary technological transformation. How might a renewed understanding of the varieties of experience of art be possible in the face of discourses surrounding artificial intelligence and robotics? Departing from Hegel’s thesis on the end of art and Heidegger’s assertion of the end of philosophy, Art and Cosmotechnics travels an unfamiliar trajectory of thought to arrive at a new relation between art and technology.
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Fragmentar el futuro – ensayos sobre tecnodiversidad
(Caja Negra Editora, 2020)
Available in Spanish Español
The book brings together the main texts of the philosopher of technology, Yuk Hui, one of the most influential figures in the debate on technology, artificial intelligence and what he calls "cosmotechnics", technologies developed in local, private contexts that would contain the outputs to the current global ecological, political and social crisis.
The book has received a great response in the Spanish-speaking area and was praised by the local media as one of the most interesting works of philosophy of politics and technology in 2020. Also available in Portuguese Português
Recursivity and Contingency
Also available in Russian русский, Chinese 中文
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)
This book employs recursivity and contingency as two principle concepts to investigate into the relation between nature and technology, machine and organism, system and freedom. It reconstructs a trajectory of thought from an Organic condition of thinking elaborated by Kant, passing by the philosophy of nature (Schelling and Hegel), to the 20th century Organicism (Bertalanffy, Needham, Whitehead, Wiener among others) and Organology (Bergson, Canguilhem, Simodnon, Stiegler), and questions the new condition of philosophizing in the time of algorithmic contingency, ecological and algorithmic catastrophes, which Heidegger calls the end of philosophy.
Also available in Italian Italiano, French Française, German Deutsch, Korean 한국어, Chinese 中文
The Question Concerning Technology in China
There exists no more challenging work for anyone interested in trying to understand both the manifold philosophical challenges of Western scientific technology and the contemporary rise of China on the world-historical scene. –Carl Mitcham, Issues in Science and Technology
In this remarkable book, Yuk Hui draws on the major thinkers of both the West and the East to elaborate an original reflection on the nature of technology. He has enlarged the philosophical horizon for the Anthropocene age. –Andrew Feenberg, author of Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity
On the Existence of Digital Objects
On the Existence of Digital Objects conducts a philosophical examination of digital objects and their organizing schema by creating a dialogue between Martin Heidegger and Gilbert Simondon, which Yuk Hui contextualizes within the history of computing. How can digital objects be understood according to individualization and individuation? Hui pursues this question through the history of ontology and the study of markup languages and Web ontologies; he investigates the existential structure of digital objects within their systems and milieux. With this relational approach toward digital objects and technical systems, the book addresses alienation, described by Simondon as the consequence of mistakenly viewing technics in opposition to culture.
(University of Minnesota Press, 2016)
Also available in Chinese 中文and Korean 한국어