The Age of Profilicity and Identity Politics with Hans-Georg Moeller and Sam Gilbert #5
Is the huge variety of social platforms and settings in which we present ourselves creating a multiplicity of our identities, demanding that we moderate our personalities? And is that such a bad thing?
From the Chinese philosophy suggesting that sincerity trumps authenticity, to the future technologies ushering in an era of profilicity, the norms that surround identity are changing during our lifetime.
Joining me to help foresee where our technology of identity is heading - in this truly international episode - are Hans-Georg Moeller, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Macau, and Sam Gilbert, an Affiliated Researcher with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.
This episode of The Future of You covers:
- Use of data to create a picture of someone’s identity, and how that could be used for wider public benefit
- The multiplicity of identity through social media sites with different norms and expectation
- A modern sense of profilicity, and how that links with ancient Chinese philosophies
- How AI might allow us to curate identity in a new way with a novel sense of self-insight
- The need to leave authenticity behind in favour of situational sincerity
This episode does contain a brief discussion eluding to self-harm, suicide, and how we might use data to identify those in need. If you or somebody you know is in need, Samaritans are available by phoning 116 123.
The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
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