The Logic of Digital Fulfillment, according to ‘Aristote’

Under the name of Aristote, a French association of the category of “learned societies” includes various entities interested in recent developments and uses of the information technology. For this reason, as mentioned in our calendar, Aristote Association is organizing a seminar on June 12th entitled “Health and Well-Being in the Digital Age.”

This is a good opportunity to take note of the progress in the ICT usages and to study the effect of the technical progress on our society. And on this occasion, it will probably be interesting to measure the influence of broadband uses on the shortcuts terminology used by Internet users. Let’s look at some innovative neologisms, studied under the “Aristotelian” aspect of the wording.

Today, most of the GP and more than half of the French citizens consult the Internet web sites to find medical information. From these massive uses the notion of “quantified self” emerges, meaning the assessment -under unknown metrics- of  personal data on his own time working, in his sleep timing, his results in sports, his blood, his losses or taken weight (fitness). Defining the measurement unit used as a reference for good mood is not yet considered. However, mobile phone terminals trace, record and compare what is called the “activity tracker” (Withings or “zeo” producsts) to quantify the health “performance” in a “app” on a General board called “appcessory health.” “What a Franglais” would Etiemble have exclaimed !

The ICT sector is growing in the United States, which is a good news in terms of economic growth and level of employment, of course. Without actually still belonging to the “technology of happiness” promised by the new social networks that deploy the “e-parenting”, “e-gratitude”, the “e-coaching”, the “e-sophrology”, etc.., the “digital well-being” seems to progress well in hand, on an individual level as on the World  economy level [*]. This should logically enjoy all those who have been fed by the thought of the Greek philosopher.

Enjoy your reading and have two good weeks!

Daniel BATTU

[* Please, see also on the Paris Tech web site , the text entitled “Digital Happiness: the Next Facebook?”, written by Christophe Deshayes and Jean-Baptiste Stuchlik in February 2013].

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