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Deutsch > Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter
Digitalisierung der Gefühle? by Roland Benedikter

An der in Sachen Informationstechnologie weltweit führenden Stanford-Universität wurde Januar 2017 die Digitalisierung der Gefühle diskutiert. Forscher stellten ihren baldigen Zusammenschluss mit Technik – wenn auch nicht notwendigerweise als wünschenswert –, doch als unvermeidlich dar.

Deutsch > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter
MENSCH & MASCHINE by Roland Benedikter

Die Digitalisierung hat in nur wenigen Jahrzehnten unsere Lebenswirklichkeit bis fast in den letzten Winkel durchdrungen. Und viele ihrer Errungenschaften sind uns heute unentbehrlich. Doch wir stehen auch an einer Schwelle. Schon bald könnten Algorithmen und künstliche Intelligenz bestimmen, was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein. Es ist also Zeit, dass wir uns neu bewusst zu werden, wer wir sind und warum wir den Computern und Cyborgs nicht unsere Zukunft überlassen wollen.

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Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
New papers on Moral Enhancement and Brain-Based Lie Detection by John Danaher

I have a couple of new papers available online. The first looks at the moral freedom objection to moral enhancement. The second tries to rebut an interesting philosophical objection to the use of brain-based lie detection. Both papers are set to appear in edited books in 2018. Details and links to pre-publication versions below (just click on the paper title):

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Philosophical Analysis by John Danaher

There is an apple in front of me. I can see it, but I can’t touch it. The reason is that the apple is actually a 3-D rendered model of an apple. It looks like an apple, but exists only within a virtual environment — one that is projected onto the computer screen in front of me. I can interact with the apple. I have an avatar that I can control on the screen. That avatar is a virtual projection of my self. It can pick up the apple, throw it around the virtual room, or eat it. But I can’t touch it and interact with it using my own physic...

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter
Homo deus? The convergence of man and machine by Roland Benedikter

People have always tried to develop techniques that expand their skills. What is new is that man and machine are fusing together: prostheses and orthoses strengthen physical strength, computers support intellectual performance, and artificial intelligence has the potential to expand human consciousness. Much of it sounds utopian, some is already reality. It is high time to deal with the consequences: Will these techniques change our humanity? What needs to be done to minimize risks? And what opportunities open up?

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Rights > HealthLongevity > Affiliate Scholar > Ilia Stambler
Ilia Stambler Publishes New Text on Longevity Promotion

This book considers the multidisciplinary aspects of longevity promotion, from the advocacy, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The first part on longevity advocacy includes examples of pro-longevity campaigns, outreach materials, frequent debates and policy suggestions and frameworks that may assist in the promotion of research and development for healthy longevity. The second part on longevity history includes analyses of the definition of life-extensionism as a social and intellectual movement, the dialectics of reduc...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Are freedom and complexity incompatible? by Rick Searle

One of the most salient facts of the modern world is that what the individual gains in terms of power she simultaneously loses in terms of control and understanding over the mechanisms through which that power is bought. Given enough money in my pocket, I can fly to the ends of the earth while at the same time possessing no control over how I am brought there. Nor do I have anything deeper than a childlike understanding of how this miracle of flight has been brought about.

SciencePolicy > Brain–computer-interface > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
The Tell-Tale Brain: The Effect of Predictive Brain Implants on Autonomy by John Danaher

What if your brain could talk to you?

’That’s a silly question’, I hear you say, ‘My brain already talks to me.’

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Can we derive meaning and value from virtual reality? An Analysis of the Postwork Future by John Danaher

Yuval Noah Harari wrote an article in the Guardian a couple of months back entitled ‘The meaning of life in a world without work’. I was intrigued. Harari has gained a great deal of notoriety for his books Sapiens and Homo Deus. They are ambitious books, both in scope and intent. Harari’s subject is nothing less than the entire history and future of humanity. He wants to show us where we have come from, how we got here, and where we are going. He writes in a sweeping, breathless and occasionally grandiose style. As you read, you can’...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Why liberals might kill free speech by Rick Searle

We’ve got a huge problem on our hands which the 2016 election, along with Brexit, has not so much created as fully exposed. What we’ve witnessed is a kind of short-circuit between the three pillars that have defined our particular form of democratic liberalism over the last century.