Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies


The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.


Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




whats new at ieet

Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critical Analysis

What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?

Self-Awareness Is Essential in Comedy and in Life

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book

Transhumanist Hank Pellissier on Being an “Atheist Missionary”

Optimize Your Brain: The Science of Smarter Eating


ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
Author
John G Messerly


comments

dobermanmac on 'Beware the Rise of Gerontocracy: Some Hard Lessons for Transhumanism, Not Least from Brexit' (Jul 26, 2016)

instamatic on 'How our police became storm troopers, redux' (Jul 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'How our police became storm troopers, redux' (Jul 25, 2016)

almostvoid on 'Optimize Your Brain: The Science of Smarter Eating' (Jul 25, 2016)

RJP8915 on 'How To Live With Doubt About Life’s Meaning' (Jul 23, 2016)

Paul Tiffany on '“Robots will colonize space, without human beings”' (Jul 23, 2016)

instamatic on 'Moral Uncertainty and Moral Enhancement' (Jul 22, 2016)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


How VR Gaming will Wake Us Up to our Fake Worlds
Jun 28, 2016
(10680) Hits
(2) Comments

Worst case scenario – 2035 and no basic income.
Jun 29, 2016
(6991) Hits
(0) Comments

Existential Risks Are More Likely to Kill You Than Terrorism
Jul 8, 2016
(4323) Hits
(1) Comments

Transparent Smart Chargepoints and the Internet of Things
Jul 16, 2016
(4084) Hits
(1) Comments



Comment on this entry

The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead.


Dick Pelletier


Ethical Technology

April 06, 2013

As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight. We may not experience a single great leap like a “Singularity;” instead, we could see many small steps as we slowly become more machine-like.


...

Complete entry


COMMENTS



Posted by dobermanmac  on  04/07  at  08:53 AM

Great article.  Just remember that different people will have vastly different reactions to cyborization.  My thing is synthetic neocortex extenders (SNE), where the net can become an extension of yourself.  It already works on lobsters (really).

I told my work acquaintance about the SNE, and he said that a person who had that ability would be too powerful.  I guess it is that old debate about mechanical augmentation being unfair.

Here is device that is proven to improve your intelligence (a mild electric shock applied through the skull).  http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/brain-boosting-machine-works-but-is-it-ethical





Posted by Christian Corralejo  on  04/07  at  06:26 PM

Is there a distinction between merging with machines and completely becoming machines?





Posted by Dick Pelletier  on  04/07  at  07:48 PM

Christian,

My take is that although our brain and body will be considered non-biological, our consciousness will forever preserve our definition as a human being.

Comments welcome.





Posted by Christian Corralejo  on  04/07  at  08:44 PM

I’m talking about physically.  I’m sure the minds will will be preserved and I like the whole concept of a gradual integration of non-organic components into our biology, but is that really “merging” our bodies with machines, or just slowly replacing our biology with a machine substrate?





Posted by dobermanmac  on  04/08  at  03:01 AM

By the way, just found this article: http://io9.com/345728/geneticists-discover-a-way-to-extend-lifespans-to-800-years

Maybe we won’t have to mechanically augment if we can live centuries with our original body.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/superman/2013/04/tdcs_and_rtms_is_brain_stimulation_safe_and_effective.single.html

OTH, this device makes you smarter, so why not?





Posted by Mirage  on  04/08  at  11:31 AM

ahh’ let us not forget ’ or for most to ‘’ realize ‘’ the consciousness is infinite *constantly reaching new dimensions of * enlightenment * depending upon the ‘’ inclination ( growth - choices ) of the ‘’ Soul ‘’ ( person ) and I am not ready to forfeit * for any emerging technology.. How can a creation be greater than it’s Creator* * : ) only = if We allow it ...





Posted by Intomorrow  on  04/08  at  06:54 PM

“I’m sure the minds will will be preserved and I like the whole concept of a gradual integration of non-organic components into our biology, but is that really ‘merging’ our bodies with machines, or just slowly replacing our biology with a machine substrate?


As I was taught: substrate is where the organism resides, the outside world.
The body is the container.





Posted by rms  on  04/17  at  01:01 PM

This happy scenario presumes that everyone is included.  Most
Americans are becoming poorer, and most of the wealth in America
belongs to a tiny fraction.  If this continues, poor Americans
won’t be able to afford machines to merge themselves with.

This happy scenario also presumes that people control the machines
they merge with—which is already very rare and getting more so.  If
you use a portable phone, that’s a computer controlled by some large
company which has the power to use it against you when it wishes.
Whoever controls the machine’s software controls what it does.  Unless
all the software in your machine is free/libre, you do not control it.
Most PCs today have functionalities (HDCP, for instance) specifically
to restrict users; the Free Software Foundation has been campaigning
against this for a decade (see DefectiveByDesign.org).

If people merge with machines like that, they will find that Big
Brother knows and controls their thoughts.






Add your comment here:


Name:

Email:

Location:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

East Coast Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-428-1837

West Coast Contact: Managing Director, Hank Pellissier
425 Moraga Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
Email: hank @ ieet.org