Technology Overview: Ethics and Philosophy

Technology Overviews

Questioned Humanity

  • Fourth revolution of fuman self-understanding (Floridi, 2016): humans are (no longer) the most intelligent entity on the planet;
  • Discoveries in neuroscience: human consciousness is a myth; new material for old quarrels over about freedom of will, the problem of Other Minds;
  • Consciousness/life as information; humans as complicated algorithms (to be deciphered, copied, emulated, downloaded, upgraded);
  • Upgraded humans: enhancing bodies and minds through genetic manipulation, computer-brain interfaces, mind uploading; post-humanism;
  • Human-machines mixing: computers simulating brains, brains extended by artificial networks;
  • Godly humans (death of carbon death) v superintelligent machine(s).