What Is Information?

2 Oct 2012 Professor Luciano Floridi. Details We live an information-soaked existence - information pours into our lives through television, radio, books, and of course, the Internet. Some say we suffer from 'infoglut'. The concept of 'information' is a profound one, rooted in mathematics and semantics. It is central to any branch of science and any cognitive activity, and it has huge implications on every aspect of our everyday lives. DNA provides the information to create us; we learn through the information fed to us; we relate to each other through information transfer - gossip, lectures, reading. Information is not only a mathematically powerful concept, but its critical role in society raises wider ethical issues. But what is information really?