While self-driving cars and autonomous weapon systems have received a great deal of attention in media and research, the general requirements of ethical life in today’s digitalizing reality have not been made sufficiently visible and evaluable. This collection of articles from both distinguished and emerging authors working at the intersections of philosophy, literary theory, media, and technology does not intend to fix new moral rules. Instead, the volume explores the ethos of digital environments, asking how we can orient ourselves in them and inviting us to renewed moral reflection in the face of dilemmas they entail. The authors show how contemporary digital technologies model our perception, narration as well as our conceptions of truth, and investigate the ethical, moral, and juridical consequences of making public and societal infrastructures computational. They argue that we must make the structures of the digital environments visible and learn to care for them.

chapter |21 pages


From Solving Mechanical Dilemmas to Taking Care of Digital Ecology
BySusanna Lindberg, Hanna-Riikka Roine

chapter |2 pages

Should a Self-driving Car

ByEino Santanen

part 1|22 pages

Digital Ecologies Today

chapter 1|21 pages

Three Species Challenges

26Toward a General Ecology of Cognitive Assemblages
ByN. Katherine Hayles

part 2|69 pages

The Ethos: Description and Formation

chapter 2|13 pages

Viral Storytelling as Contemporary Narrative Didacticism

48Deriving Universal Truths from Arbitrary Narratives of Personal Experience 1
ByMaria Mäkelä

chapter 3|17 pages

Authorship vs. Assemblage in Digital Media

ByHanna-Riikka Roine, Laura Piippo

chapter 4|21 pages

The Logic of Selection and Poetics of Cultural Interfaces

A Literature of Full Automation?
ByMatti Kangaskoski

chapter 5|17 pages

Ghosts Beyond the Machine

“Schizoid Nondroids” and Fictions of Surveillance Capitalism
ByEsko Suoranta

part 3|71 pages

The Ethos: Entanglement and Delegation

chapter 6|15 pages

The Zombies of the Digital

117What Justice Should We Wait For?
ByFrédéric Neyrat

chapter 7|20 pages

Just Machines. On Algorithmic Ethos and Justice

BySusanna Lindberg

chapter 8|10 pages


Between Factuality and Normativity
ByMarc-Antoine Pencolé

chapter 10|8 pages

Thinking about Google Search As #DigitalColonialism

ByJoshua Adams

part 4|65 pages

The Ethos: Thinking, Computing, and Ethics

chapter 11|15 pages

The Light of Morality and the Light of the Machine

ByFrançois-David Sebbah

chapter 13|19 pages

Can a Machine Have a Soul?

ByDaniel Ross

chapter 14|18 pages

The Chiasm

Thinking Things and Thinging Thoughts. Our Being with Technology
ByLars Botin