Research paper


My research paper paper with Ciano Aydin about authenticity and technology is published in Philosophy & Technology. My fascination with authenticity started in my teenage years when someone called me an “authentic” person. I didn’t know what that meant. Shortly after, I saw the movie The Truman Show. Truman’s ongoing search for authenticity, resulting in a sail trip in which he literally bumps into the cardboard walls of his staged robotic perfection-world, made a deep impression. But what is authenticity? And what does it mean to be(come) “yourself”? These questions have always occupied my mind and eventually resulted in my PhD research on authenticity in technological contexts. Authenticity has now become an increasingly important theme due to ongoing digitization and datafication. In this paper we explain what authenticity is, how this is influenced by emerging technologies, and how to understand the moral value of authenticity: