Head over to the University Club of Winter Park view and discuss this lecture from Professor Steven Gimbel’s great course DVD, Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
It is one thing to use technology to help make us better, but it is a completely different matter when we begin to incorporate technology into our bodies, making us human/technology hybrids or cyborgs. Researchers have implanted chips in their bodies to enable them to control computers, lights and thermostats without touching them. Implanted chips have allowed two people, miles away from each other, to both experience the same sensations, only undergone by one of them. Researchers have also been able to implant chips into the brains of mice that allow for the insertion or deletion of specific memories. At what point do we lose our humanity if we technologize our senses and brains?
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