e-Human Ecology - A New Direction of Cyberspace and Virtual Global Societies
Today advances in information technology are the basis of modern societies and internalised into live as fundamentally as basic commodities. Beyond, the creation of global cyber or virtual societies has led to entire new aspects of what should now be called e-life. The path to a virtualised world is accelerating in an enormous manner and classical society is rapidly shifting into an e-society. This has implications for all aspects of life and its holistic understanding and its perception by human ecology. New questions therefore arise and need to be addressed by human ecology ranging from classical questions as e.g. resource sharing and the tragedy of the commons in cyber space, to the relational and transformation aspects of archaic fundamentals of humans as e.g. deep psychology based religious aspects or perception of reality into e-life. Consequently, the classical human ecology will also transform to e-human ecology. Despite the increased transformation of societies to cyber or virtual e-societies this phenomenon has been rarely investigated and understood due to lacking higher education and research in respect to human ecology. E.g. the huge amounts of money on the order of billions invested currently in the implementation of so called basic grid infrastructures for computing power, data storage and application sharing. The European Union estimates that such technologies will reach a market volume of several billion euros world wide by 2010. To build these infrastructures e.g. two e-social influences have to be overcome: i) the sharing attitude and socialization of the individual, i.e. the micro-sociality, and ii) the organization culture of the embedding institutions, i.e. the macro- sociality. However, the implications from e-human ecology, are neither established nor even investigated , thus they could contribute to this transformation to e-society. Consequently, curricula need to be set-up in e-human ecology and elsewhere to address these questions beyond analysis and understanding of the developmental path of mankind so far. The arising future and its recursive influence on society have to be addressed in the present by reflecting on these future aspects to be able to link e- reality and e-society with reality and society.
|Keywords||Human ecology, e-human grid ecology, society, social systems, e-social challenge, inverse tragedy of the, commons, grid phenomenon, parallel super computing, grid computing, volunteer computing, micro-sociality, macro-sociality, autopoietic tragedy of social sub-systems, micro subsystems, macro subsystems, micro, operationality, macro operationality, grid psychology micro riskmanagement, macro riskmanagement, information browser, visual data base access, holistic viewing system, integrative data management, extreme, visualization, three-dimensional virtual environment, virtual paper tool.|
|Conference||Symposium Cloud- en Gridcomputing. Nederlandse Vereniging van Beëdigde Informaticadeskundigen (NVBI), Hotel Mitland, 21st April, 2009.|
Knoch, T.A. (2009, April 21). e-Human Ecology - A New Direction of Cyberspace and Virtual Global Societies. Presented at the Symposium Cloud- en Gridcomputing. Nederlandse Vereniging van Beëdigde Informaticadeskundigen (NVBI), Hotel Mitland, 21st April, 2009. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78197