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Digital control and the global ecosystem: can the governance of the anthropocene be designed in East Asia?


Stéphane Grumbach


Two major transformations are affecting humanity. The first is the rapidly increasing mastery of information that allows digital control to penetrate all spheres, from society to living organisms. The second is the contemporary loss of domination humans have over their environment’s evolution. Both consequences of technological development, the digital revolution and climate change, have opposite impacts in terms of control. Will mastery of information help to recover what climate change is challenging? How are governments going to cope with technologies and planetary boundaries that evolve faster than governments are themselves able to evolve? What will be the role of autonomous intelligent systems and machines? These are perhaps some of the most fundamental questions of our epoch. If it is hard to make predictions, there is a rising fear that the Anthropocene could lead to digital authoritarian regimes. Interestingly, while Western countries seem to be mainly addressing issues independently in each activity sector, global models emerge in East Asia. Digital systems are integrated with public administration to provide bio-political services, supporting a holistic vision including nature, humans and machines. This paper considers some aspects of the related cyber-strategies in China and Japan.
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Stéphane Grumbach. デジタル・コントロールと地球エコシステム:東アジアにおいてアンソロポシーンのガバナンスはデザインされうるか. 寺田 匡宏、ダニエル・ナイルズ. M. Terada and D. Niles (eds.), Questioning the Anthropocene: From the view point of bottom up and region (tentative title), Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, forthcomig (to be published in 2020).(寺田匡宏、ダニエル・ナイルズ(編)『アンソロポシーンを問う:実践と地域の視点から(仮)』京都大学学術出版会、(刊行予定、2020年)), Kyoto University Press, 2021, 人新世を問う 環境、人文、アジアの視点. ⟨hal-02411654⟩


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