Embodied Bodies

Jan 15, 2022Philosophy/Ethics, Robots and Robotics0 comments

Once incorporated into a body, then, a prosthesis is no longer merely an object, in the sense that we can no longer straightforwardly deny that it has or plays a role in a person’s subjectivity

Walker 2019

Manuel, Cho and Sam are talking about the following paper:
On Replacement Body Parts

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Group Chat

Manuel, Cho, Sam

Manuel

Julia pointed out to us that medical technology is both extremely old and has always been linked with sci-fi or mythology

Today 15:38   

Manuel

Apparently the first-ever mention of a prosthetic leg dates back over 3000 years to the Indian Rig Veda “Vishpala

Today 15:38   

Cho

That is indeed extremely old, but I do know that cavemen already performed brain surgery, so …😊                                                         

Today 15:39  

Sam

But this is mythological, right? I’m not sure how advanced it was … did it have moving joints?

Today 15:40   

Manuel

We don’t really know, but we have an actual prosthetic big toe from Egypt from around the same time “Ancient Egyptian’s wooden toe is sophisticated prosthetic

Today 15:42  

Cho

That would actually be more advanced than a simple peg leg!

Today 15:43  

Manuel

The first moving joints were developed in the middle ages, as far as we know.

Today 15:43 

Sam

Yeah, I suppose that wooden prosthetics rarely survived intact

Today 15:44   

Manuel

There’s a Roman artificial leg, but no joints “Copy of Roman artificial leg, London, England, 1905-1915

Today 15:45  

Cho

I do know some of this history, but I suppose you are also going to look to the future?

Today 15:46  

Manuel

Oh, absolutely! The point is that mythology and then sci-fi are full of amputations and replaced limbs

Today 15:46  

Sam

Sorry for being a nerd, but we will get to Darth Vader at some point, right?😊                                               

Today 15:47   

Manuel

Ha! Sure, that’s a great example actually. At some point we slip from just replacing, to improving.

Today 15:47  

Cho

Now I see where you are going with this, yes. When is a prosthetic healing and when enhancing?

Today 15:48  

Sam

I guess that this is linked to, well, an engineering mindset, I’d say.     If the body is a machine, we can repair as well as improve it.

Today 15:49   

Manuel

See? This is exactly why I needed both of you for this! When is something actually “enhancement”?

Today 15:50  

Cho

There are quire a few ethical problems linked to that … doctors “playing god” and all that.

Today 15:50 

Sam

Same here: as soon as you start talking about an AI that is more than human, things get really complicated.

Today 15:51   

Manuel

I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Today 15:52  

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