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Guest Lecture for Royal College of Art, Design Interactions Master Degree, 2006

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  • dr andy miah | www.andymiah.net | andymiah.wordpress.com | CYBORGS POSTHUMAN DESIGNS | TRANSHUMANS email@andymiah.net | rca/2006.10.09 1
  • Some examples: human cloning, genetic enhancement, artificial intelligence computer mediated communications, nanotechnology How are science & technology | CYBORGS re-shaping priorities/ | TRANSHUMANS questions about culture? | POSTHUMANS Everyday contexts and media Video gaming; science-fiction; popular press; art; weblogs; scientific documentary; cinema; 2
  • Some examples: human cloning, genetic enhancement, artificial intelligence cloning computer mediated communications, nanotechnology How are science & technology | CYBORGS re-shaping priorities/ | TRANSHUMANS questions about culture? | POSTHUMANS Everyday contexts and media Video gaming; science-fiction; popular press; art; weblogs; scientific documentary; cinema; 3
  • human cloning Not (just) erroneous journalism But, consider how different moral views are characterised THE SEVERINO KOREAN PANOS RAELIANS ANTINORI TEAM ZAVOS 2001/2003 2001 1998/2002 March 2004 4
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  • Some examples: human cloning, genetic enhancement, artificial intelligence computer mediated communications, nanotechnology How are science & technology | CYBORGS re-shaping priorities/ | TRANSHUMANS questions about culture? | POSTHUMANS Everyday contexts and media Video gaming; science-fiction; popular press; art; weblogs; scientific documentary; cinema; 6
  • Although… Nayar (2004) Virtual Worlds All new technology must be understood as a digital innovation How are science & technology | CYBORGS re-shaping priorities/ | TRANSHUMANS questions about culture? | POSTHUMANS More than just studies technology as new of digital/cyber culture culture Everyday contexts and media 7
  • The nature of technology [technique] How new technology raises moral questions about life How technology disrupts our sense of self | CYBORGS | TRANSHUMANS | POSTHUMANS Cultural Theory Bioethics Philosophy of technology technology as theoretical roots culture 8
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  • What kind of life is worth living? How does technology disrupt our humanness? Should we be fearful of a „slippery slope‟? 22 22
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  • Miah, A. (2003). "Be Very Afraid: Cyborg Athletes, Transhuman Ideals, and Posthumanity." Journal of Evolution and Technology, 13(2) | CYBORGS | Politics | TRANSHUMANS | Enhancement | Rights | POSTHUMANS | The Other | Medicine | Citizenship | Aliens | Technology | Monsters 24
  • | CYBORGS | Politics | TRANSHUMANS | Rights | POSTHUMANS | Citizenship Chris Hables Gray (2002) Freedom to travel Freedom to electronic speech Right of Electronic privacy Freedom of consciousness (right to modify) Right to life/death Right to political equality Freedom of information Freedom of family, sexuality, gender Right to peace 25
  • | CYBORGS | TRANSHUMANS | Enhancement | POSTHUMANS | Medicine | Technology Developed by the Extropians Claims a philosophical background Advocates the use of human technology for human betterment Interest in radical new technologies” Life extension, genetic engineering, space travel, artificial intelligence 26
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  • | CYBORGS | TRANSHUMANS | POSTHUMANS | The Other | Aliens | Monsters 28
  • science and technology are “the posthuman reveals an interesting always embedded in interplay between the world of scientific, bioethical theorizing and the world of the cultural, economic and cultural imagination – myth, SF, popular political contexts culture and religion” 29 29
  • “the posthuman reveals an interesting interplay between the world of scientific, bioethicsal theorizing and the world of the Why an interest in ethics? imagination – myth, SF, popular cultural culture and religion” New technologies, New ethical issues Need for new ethics E.g1. Association for Internet Researchers Eg2. UN Declaration on Human Rights and the Human Genome Reconsider the ethical foundation of research 30
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  • READING Bendle, M. F. (2002). "Teleportation, Cyborgs and the Posthuman Ideology." Social Semiotics 12(1): 45-62. Smith, C. J., G. Klock, et al. (2004). "Post.hum.an.ous." Reconstruction 4(3): http://www.reconstruction.ws/043/editorial.htm [see entire volume] Lewis, B. E. (2003). "Prozac and the Post-human Politics of Cyborgs." Journal of Medical Humanities 24(1/2): 49-63 [medicine] Zurbrugg, N. (1999). "Virilio, Stelarc and 'Terminal' Technoculture." Theory, Culture and Society 16(5): 177- 199 [artists]. Elton, M. (1997). "Robots and Rights: The ethical demands of artificial agents." Ends & Means: Journal of the University of Aberdeen Centre for Philosophy, Technology, and Society 1(1) Online. Available HTTP: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cpts/cpts/as3.hti [intelligence]. Gray, C. H. (2003). "Posthuman Soldiers in Postmodern War." Body and Society 9(4): 215-226 [politics]. Miah, A. (2003). "Be Very Afraid: Cyborg Athletes, Transhuman Ideals, and Posthumanity." Journal of Evolution and Technology, 13(2) [athletes] Google: andy miah; bioethics and sport; posthumanism 52