The Information Age and a New Humanity: The Effects of IT on Whom We Believe We Are

Prof. Jacobus C Kok
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The information age is changing who we are, how we think, what we believe, how we behave. We are developing a new humanity. Growing numbers of human-beings take more decisions based on available facts and less on feelings, experiences, traditions, habits, myths or the authority of others. Information about almost everything is more freely available.

What is the information era doing to us?

*It enhances our individuality and uniqueness; services and products could be tailored to suite almost everyone

*Humans experience that they are more in controle of who they are, what they want and what they do

*Being better informed leads to greater accountability

*What we have and what we do is becoming more transparent; we reveal ourselves maybe even more than we would want to

*It lifts humankind to higher levels of morality and to giving account of what is being considered to be right and wrong

*We can be less dictated to by goods and service providers, for we are more informed and little is being hidden.

Social service providers have to adapt their practices more to cater more humanely and appropriately for the growing new kind of enmerging humanity. They will also be required to deal more aptly with the growing devide between those in the information era and those still living in the pre- information era.

Keywords: Information Era, Humanity, Changes, Service Providers
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Jacobus C Kok

Special Professor, Dept. of Educational Sciences, University of Johannesburg
South Africa

In the field of Psychology and Sociology of Education I have researched, taught and published about Special education, teacher education, university teaching, social factors impacting on schools, development of human potential, standards of education and particularly about Invitational Education. This is a selfconcept and perceptually founded model of practice in all fields of human endeavour. I am intrigued by the effects of the information era on human spirituality, beliefsystems and behaviour. I have published 99 articles, 10 books and delivered 32 papers at international conferences. I have supervised 30 doctoral students and 65 masters’ students. My current research topics include the teaching of math in the Zulu-language and the variety of concepts of a university in the new South Africa.

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