The Sum of the Parts vs the Whole

Jan 24, 2022Philosophy/Ethics, Research Projects, Robots and Robotics0 comments

The firm should have the right to take back what it produced — the collection of artificial organs illegally masquerading as Mr Jones and present in this court-room even now …

Stanislaw Lem 1968

Manuel, Cho and Sam are talking about the following paper: ARE YOU THERE, MR JONES?

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Group Chat

Manuel, Cho, Sam

Cho

There’s been a lot of discussion in the medical community about enhancement 

Today 15:39  

Cho

The same drug can be a treatment for one person and an enhancement for the next

Today 15:39  

Manuel

I did hear about that indeed. So would you say this is also the case for prosthetics?

Today 15:42  

Cho

Absolutely! Just think about the controversy about Oscar Pistorius 

Today 15:43  

Cho

His competitors insisted that his prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage: an enhancement 😊

Today 15:43  

Sam

If I can chime in on this point, not a prosthetic, but there was a similar controversy about running shoes 😅

Today 15:44   

Manuel

Running shoes? Well, in a sense we might consider shoes as some kind of prosthetic … 😅

Today 15:44 

Sam

Maybe, but thanks to these spring-loaded soles Eliud Kipchoge ran the first marathon under 2 hours

Today 15:45   

Cho

Oh yes, I remember that bit of news! It was quite a big deal… lots of assistive technology too 👍

Today 15:46  

Sam

It didn’t really count as an official record, but it did show what technology can do to improve performances                           

Today 15:47   

Manuel

Even though it didn’t count as world record, it still counts for our article! 😊 I’d say this is enhancement too

Today 15:47  

Sam

I would say so too, but I also think we should distinguish between tools and prosthetics …

Today 15:48   

Manuel

Good point! What do you think, Cho?

Today 15:48  

Cho

I’m not sure you can make a clean break between those two, there will always be grey area’s

Today 15:49  

Cho

Does it only count as a prosthetic if you cannot take it off? Between a crutch and an artificial hip there’s a lot of room for discussion

Today 15:49  

Sam

That’s right, same goes for cognitive tools, it’s a sliding scale.

Today 15:49   

Manuel

Cognitive tools? 🤔

Today 15:50  

Sam

Yes: like pocket calculators, or basically any utility app on your smartphone …

Today 15:50   

Cho

I couldn’t get anything done without my digital to do lists and calendar! 😊

Today 15:50 

Sam

Basically, those enhance your memory: cognitive tools

Today 15:51   

Manuel

I see what you mean, but that seems another category again! 😊

Today 15:51  

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