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Moralizing TechnologyUnderstanding and Designing the Morality of Things$
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Peter-Paul Verbeek

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226852911

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226852904.001.0001

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Morality beyond Mediation

Morality beyond Mediation

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(p.139) 7 Morality beyond Mediation
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Moralizing Technology
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Peter-Paul Verbeek

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226852904.003.0007

This chapter discusses two current technological developments that actually move toward either “transhuman” or “nonhuman” forms of intentionality in an effort to explore the limitations of the approach of technological mediation. First, more technologies are being developed with a built-in form of “technological intentionality.” Rather than mediating human actions and decisions, such technologies add their own “intentionality” to that of the humans using them. Second, recent technological developments show a convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology, which makes it possible to intervene in “human nature.” With many recent technologies, they do not mediate human actions and decisions but rather merge with the human subject, resulting in a hybrid entity that has sometimes been called a “cyborg.”

Keywords:   transhuman, nonhuman, technological mediation, technological intentionality, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, human nature, cyborg

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