Natural Born Cyborgs Minds Technologies And The Future Of Human Intelligence

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195177517
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From Robocop to the Terminator to Eve 8, no image better captures our deepest fears about technology than the cyborg, the person who is both flesh and metal, brain and electronics. But philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark sees it differently. Cyborgs, he writes, are not something to be feared--we already are cyborgs.
In Natural-Born Cyborgs, Clark argues that what makes humans so different from other species is our capacity to fully incorporate tools and supporting cultural practices into our existence. Technology as simple as writing on a sketchpad, as familiar as Google or a cellular phone, and as potentially revolutionary as mind-extending neural implants--all exploit our brains' astonishingly plastic nature. Our minds are primed to seek out and incorporate non-biological resources, so that we actually think and feel through our best technologies. Drawing on his expertise in cognitive science, Clark demonstrates that our sense of self and of physical presence can be expanded to a remarkable extent, placing the long-existing telephone and the emerging technology of telepresence on the same continuum. He explores ways in which we have adapted our lives to make use of technology (the measurement of time, for example, has wrought enormous changes in human existence), as well as ways in which increasingly fluid technologies can adapt to individual users during normal use. Bio-technological unions, Clark argues, are evolving with a speed never seen before in history. As we enter an age of wearable computers, sensory augmentation, wireless devices, intelligent environments, thought-controlled prosthetics, and rapid-fire information search and retrieval, the line between the user and her tools grows thinner day by day. "This double whammy of plastic brains and increasingly responsive and well-fitted tools creates an unprecedented opportunity for ever-closer kinds of human-machine merger," he writes, arguing that such a merger is entirely natural.
A stunning new look at the human brain and the human self, Natural Born Cyborgs reveals how our technology is indeed inseparable from who we are and how we think.

Natural Born Cyborgs

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195177510
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A revolutionary approach to the human mind imagines a future when humans have fully incorporated their tools and technologies into the biological reality of being human. (Science & Mathematics)

Natural Born Cyborgs

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199881987
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In Natural-Born Cyborgs, Clark argues that what makes humans so different from other species is our capacity to fully incorporate tools and supporting cultural practices into our existence.

Natural Born Cyborgs

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198033929
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In Natural-Born Cyborgs, Clark argues that what makes humans so different from other species is our capacity to fully incorporate tools and supporting cultural practices into our existence.

Science Fiction And Philosophy

Author: Susan Schneider
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118922611
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Highly acclaimed upon its initial release, this second edition of Science Fiction and Philosophy presents an updated collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and ...

Recreative Minds

Author: Gregory Currie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198238096
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Recreative Minds develops a philosophical theory of imagination that draws upon recent theories and results in psychology.

Supersizing The Mind

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0195333217
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This is a comprehensive tour of work in embodied and situated cognition. It describes and defends one clear option among a large and unruly space of alternatives.

Mindware

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195138566
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The story is about the search for a cognitive scientific understanding of mind.

Surfing Uncertainty

Author: Andy Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190217014
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The book shows in detail how this strange but potent strategy of self-anticipation ushers perception, understanding, and imagination simultaneously onto the cognitive stage.

Machine Dreams

Author: Philip Mirowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521775267
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This was the first cross-over book into the history of science written by an historian of economics.

Citizen Cyborg

Author: James H. Hughes
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780813341989
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A leading medical ethicist examines the potential implications of technological innovation for human society, arguing that new cybernetic and biomedical technologies should be used to better life for everyone and that such advances will ...