Thursday, November 23, 2017

Episode #32 - Carter and Palermos on Extended Cognition and Extended Assault


In this episode I talk to Adam Carter and Orestis Palermos. Adam is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His primary research interests lie in the area of epistemology, but he has increasingly explored connections between epistemology and other disciplines, including bioethics (especially human enhancement); the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Orestis is a lecturer in philosophy at Cardiff University. His research focuses on how ‘philosophy can impact the engineering of emerging technologies and socio-technical systems.’ We talk about the theory of the extended mind and the idea of extended assault.

You can download the episode here or listen to it below. You can also subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher (RSS feed).

Show Notes

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 0:55 - The story of David Leon Riley and the phone search
  • 3:15 - What is extended cognition?
  • 7:35 - Extended cognition vs extended mind - exploring the difference
  • 13:35 - What counts as part of an extended cognitive system? The role of dynamical systems theory
  • 19:14 - Does cognitive extension come in degrees?
  • 24:18 - Are smartphones part of our extended cognitive systems?
  • 28:10 - Are we over-extended? Do we rely too much on technology?
  • 35:02 - Making the case for extended personal assault
  • 39:50 - Does functional disability make a difference to the case for extended assault?
  • 43:35 - Does pain matter to our understanding of assault?
  • 49:50 - Does the replaceability/fungibility of technology undermine the case for extended assault?
  • 55:00 - Online hacking as a form of personal assault
  • 59:30 - The ethics of extended expertise
  • 1:02:58 - Distributed cognition and distributed blame

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Video Interview about Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

Through the wonders of the modern technology, myself and Adam Ford sat down for an extended video chat about the new book Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017). You can watch the full thing above or on youtube. Topics covered include:

  • Why did I start writing about this topic?
  • Sex work and technological unemployment
  • Can you have sex with a robot?
  • Is there a case to be made for the use of sex robots?
  • The Campaign Against Sex Robots
  • The possibility of valuable, loving relationships between humans and robots
  • Sexbots as a social experiment

Be sure to check out Adam's other videos and support his work.