„Science“ and „Control“ in the 21st century. Critical approaches towards techniques, technologies and “enhancements” of the mind
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„Science“ and „Control“ in the 21st century. Critical approaches towards techniques, technologies and “enhancements” of the mind questions the fundamental role the concept of control has in science in the 21st century (Special Issue Journal Kairos 2014) , especially in the mind sciences.
- Until which limit can or should science and technology help us control the unexpected, exclude the undesired, or control the other?
- What is the relation of “techné” and control?
- How can we know that emerging technology give us a future control and success?
- On which level of complexity is “control” actually achievable?
-How are we able to gain consequence knowledge about future applications of mind technologies?
- Is the cybernetic control paradigm of the 20century actually desired or sufficient for scientific and technological innovations of the 21st century
- What is the relation of uncertainty and control in technologies and scientific “enhancements” in the 21century?
- What does „control“ mean in relation to different modes of cognitive/ affective mood or social enhancements?
- What consequence does an amplified and intensified cybernetic control concept have on the production of subjectivity, and its social, political legal consequences?
- Should we enhance artificial intelligence beyond human (intelligent) control?
- What should we expect from the relation of wisdom and control in the mind-sciences in the 21century?
In a pilot study in 2013 at the University of Washington in which the “direct communication“ of one brain to another is tested, the challenge was how the “brain of the other” can be controlled. In which sense are these inter-brain computational “communication” studies (Rajesh/Rao 2013), not simply remote control studies that question fundamentally individual personhood, autonomy and justice? What is their military purpose?
Dr. Alexander Gerner
Post-Doc Researcher at the
Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL)
Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon
Campo Grande, Building C4
3rd floor; Room 4.3.20
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