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Transhumanity - Technology vs humanity (Special edition)

Transhumanity - Technology vs humanity
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Transhumanity - Technology vs humanity - Collection of wiki articles on technology, cyberethics and transhumanism

Cybernetic Ethics - Technology growing beyond humanity?

Is there sufficient ethical and moral consideration for the growing dependance on technology. Or is it at the expense of our humanity?

A definition of cybernetic ethics might be thought of as the evolution of ethical systems from the consequent actions and reactions of social intercourse. Thus, all evolutionary ethics, is in this respect, cybernetic ethics. Here, the term cybernetic means the study and analysis of information feedback in dynamic systems that affect "change in the environment."*

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Are we becoming a collective technological species?

Becoming the Borg?

The internal voices that commanded bicameral humans eventually fell silent, and humanity was forever changed.

An intriguing, albeit highly controversial, idea very much like this was actually proposed by Julian Jaynes, an American psychologist who taught at Princeton University. In his 1976 book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Jaynes theorizes that human consciousness—by which he means the ability and tendency to think about ourselves as individuals—emerged suddenly, and relatively recently in history, around 3,000 years ago. That would mean that anatomically modern humans were alive for hundreds of thousands of years before becoming conscious.

Jaynes argues that before this recent emergence of consciousness, humanity experienced the world in a manner similar to the Borg. There was not a holistic self with free will, but rather a two-part psyche, or “bicameral mind,” in which one part gave “orders” to a second part that acted on those orders. For bicameral humans, “volition came as a voice that was in the nature of a neurological command, in which the command and the action were not separated, in which to hear was to obey.” Jaynes says these commands were often perceived as coming from gods, and that they live on today as the internally hallucinated voices heard by some schizophrenics.

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