Hybrid memory, cognitive technology and self

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Abstract

Recent years have seen an explosion in the production and use of technologies that allow us to record, store and recall ever-increasing amounts of information about our lives. Some welcome these trends as offering new possibilities for self-understanding and expression. Others think that things have already gone too far and worry deeply about what the future might hold. Does mem-tech really promise (or threaten) a radical change to the cognitive profile of human beings? If so, how are we to assess the possibilities and attempt to understand whether they offer a hopeful or dangerous turn in the human condition? This paper attempts to develop a balanced understanding of current trends in mem-tech and also consider some of its more probable future trends. In so doing it identifies four factors about the new memory devices: Capaciousness; incorporability; autonomy; and entanglement that suggest not just technical, but important psychological implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationComputing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012
EditorsJ. M. Bishop, Y. J. Erden
Place of PublicationBirmingham
PublisherThe Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
Pages4-13
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781908187116
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
EventAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Conference

ConferenceAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period2/07/126/07/12

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