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Philosophies 2016, 1(3), 199-208; doi:10.3390/philosophies1030199

Homo Technologicus: Threat or Opportunity?

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Academic Editor: Jordi Vallverdú
Received: 29 August 2016 / Revised: 17 October 2016 / Accepted: 19 October 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyberphenomenology: Technominds Revolution)
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Homo sapiens is entering a vital era in which the human-technology link is an inexorable trend. In this paper a look is taken as to how and why this is coming about and what exactly it means for both the posthuman species Homo technologicus and its originator Homo sapiens. Clearly moral and ethical issues are at stake. Different practical experimentation results that relate to the theme are described and the argument is raised as to why and how this can be regarded as a new species. A picture is taken of the status of cyborgs as it stands today but also how this will change in the near future, as the effects of increased technological power have a more dramatic influence. An important ultimate consideration is whether Homo technologicus will act in the best interests of Homo sapiens or not. This paper concludes that the answer is clear. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyborgs; implants; posthumans; Homo technologicus; Homo sapiens; human-machine interaction cyborgs; implants; posthumans; Homo technologicus; Homo sapiens; human-machine interaction
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