Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente, and the Coordinator of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology's Taskforce on Risk, Safety, and Security. He is the author of The Philosophy of War and Exile (Palgrave-Macmillan 2014), Nihilism and Technology (Rowman & Littlefield International 2018), and of the forthcoming Nihilism (MIT Press 2019).
Rather than engage in endless debates about whether technologies are making us better or worse, Nolen Gertz investigates what we think "better" and "worse" mean, and what role this thinking has played in the creation of our technological world. Using Nietzsche's philosophy of nihilism, Gertz explores the ways in which our values mediate how we design and use technologies. Examining our technological practices—practices ranging from Netflix and Chill to Fitbit and Move to Twitter and Rage—reveals how nihilism and technologies have become intertwined, creating a world of techno-hypnosis, data-driven activity, pleasure economics, herd networking, and orgies of clicking.
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.