Natural Born Cyborgs
We used to be exactly like them… Flawed, Weak, Organic
But we evolved to include the synthetic
Now we use both to attain perfection
Manuel and Sandra are talking about the following article:
Scientists Warn of “Bleak Cyborg Future” From Brain-Computer Interfaces
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It may sound very apocalyptic, but it is a very remote possibility.
And yet something that we have to think about before it is too late.
Absolutely! We do want policies in place for how things should be used.
Right, and that’s why we collaborated not just with engineers and programmes, but with doctors, patients, ethicists, etc.
Sounds like a very good idea. Still: are you a cyborg when you have an IMD? 😅
Wow, that’s quite the question! I’m not sure, it seems like a gradual thing …
Gradual? What do you mean? 🤔
Well, “cyborg” sounds like you’re half a robot, not a natural human anymore.
But we do so many other things that aren’t, you know, “biologically” natural
Like, … wearing clothes? Unlike animals? 😉
Yeah, maybe that is how it started, but think of everything else too: fire, tool use, building houses, etc.
and then specifically changing our bodies. Wouldn’t every medical intervention make you “unnatural” then?
There actually are some religions that suggest stuff like that …
I know, but that’s not how I feel. Am I a cyborg for wearing glasses? Wearing contacts? Getting eye surgery? 🤓
I see what you mean with “gradual” now …
It’s not like a BCI or IMD takes over, it modifies who you are and how you act, just like a pill, or a glass of wine
So, it’s more subtle than that
Exactly. It’s not like a pacemaker or a BCI turn you into a robot, in a sense it is not unlike any other tool, but now it is part of your body.
And because it changes what you can do, it is of ethical concern?
Yes, anything that restores our capacity for action or gives us new options, raises ethical issues
Thank you so much! This has been very helpful! 😊
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