- Introducing the Philosophy of Technology
- What Is Living and What Is Dead in Classic European Philosophy of Technology?
- Philosophy of Technology between the Continental and Analytic Traditions
- Whence and W(h)ither Technology Ethics
- Styles of Objectivity in Scientific Instrumentation
- Engineering Knowledge
- The Epistemic Role of Technical Functions
- Revisiting Smartness in the Smart City
- Philosophy of Technology as Politics
- Postcolonialism and Technologies of Identification
- Rawls, Information Technology, and the Sociotechnical Bases of Self-Respect
- Freedom in an Age of Algocracy
- (Bio)technology, Identity, and the Other
- The Technological Uncanny as a Permanent Dimension of Selfhood
- Technology and the Ontology of the Virtual
- Using Philosophy of Language in Philosophy of Technology
- What Is It Like to Be a Bot?
- Technological Multistability and the Trouble with the Things Themselves
- Understanding Engineering Design and Its Social, Political, and Moral Dimensions
- Virtual Reality Media and Aesthetics
- Evaluation, Validation, and Management in Design
- Urban Aesthetics and Technology
- Science Fiction Futures and (Re)visions of the Anthropocene
- A Framework for Thawing Value Conflicts in the GMO Debate
- The Minded Body in Technology and Disability
- Outer Space as a New Frontier for Technology Ethics
- Technology, Cognitive Enhancement, and Virtue Ethics
- Towards an Existential and Emancipatory Ethic of Technology
- Why Confucianism Matters in Ethics of Technology
- Reflections on Promises and Perils Thinking for Emerging Technologies
- The Empirical Turn
- Care Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, and Robots in Humanitarian Action
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter offers a critical analysis of the place that evolving technologies (and especially bio-technologies) are beginning to occupy in our ideas about who we are and who we might become. This chapter’s general claim is that we cannot consider the nature, function, and role of technology without taking account of its impact on personal and group identities, and especially the identities of vulnerable others. The chapter addresses the difficult questions about how the impacts of emerging technologies, while in many ways positive, can also be sources of further othering of already vulnerable populations, and how the promise of human progress through enhancement (including everything from novel biomedical treatments and all the way to artificial intelligence and transhumanism) can also lead to a deepening liminality of the oppressed. The direction in which we ought to be heading as a technological species, the author suggests, should be motivated as much by considerations of identity-constituting effects of technological innovations as by the adventurism of techno-evolution itself.
Brooklyn College CUNY, Department of Philosophy
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