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    “Structural Ethics” as a Framework to Study the Moral Role of Non-Humans.Ehsan Arzroomchilar - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):285-299.
    A challenging issue within the philosophy of technology is the moral relevancy of artifacts. While many philosophers agree that artifacts have moral significance, there are numerous positions on how moral relevancy ought to be understood, ranging from scholars who argue that there is no room for artifacts in moral debates to those who argue for the moral agency of artifacts. In this paper, I attempt to avoid extreme positions; accordingly, I reject both the neutrality thesis and the moral agency of (...)
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    Overcoming Simondonian Alienation.Joel Bock - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):232-256.
    This paper engages in an interpretation and critique of Simondon’s approach to technical objects through his concept of alienation. I begin with his argument for why the fundamental source of alienation is “psycho-physical” and explain his critique of politico-economic analyses of alienation. I then explain his proposal for reducing alienation by rethinking work as “technical activity.” I then argue that while Simondon’s analyses of the internal functionality of technical objects provide important contributions to the philosophy of technology, he also overemphasizes (...)
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    Google-car's Extended Mind.Steven Gamboa - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):328-344.
    While the value of the extended mind hypothesis for human cognition is disputed, this paper examines the explanatory utility of the extended mind framework in the domain of AI systems, specifically the Google self-driving car. I argue that the cognitive architecture of the Google-car is best explained as an instance of extended cognition. The argument for this claim begins with a description of the Google-car’s cognitive architecture, including the indispensable role of “prior maps” in its performance. I then argue that (...)
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    Challenges in the Human Enhancement Debate.Karolina Kudlek - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):300-327.
    The discussion about human enhancement technologies has primarily focused on exchanging views about the dangers and benefits of these interventions. However, the debate could benefit from a systematic attempt to move beyond pro et contra exchange. Thus, in this paper, I analyze key issues in the human enhancement debate, and I outline a set of methodological guidelines that could help to progress future research. I propose that we should pay special attention to the following conditions: (i) whether a particular enhancement (...)
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    Privacy in Social Media.Abigail Nieves Delgado & Laura Kocksch - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):257-284.
    Privacy loss is one of the primary issues associated with the use of social media or social network sites. These sites operate by collecting and sharing data from users to obtain economic revenue. As a solution, it is recommended that users be informed about safe online practices and that they should behave accordingly. However, this does not usually happen, which makes privacy regulations ineffective. We argue that a top-down, control-focused approach to privacy, such as that found in the European Commission’s (...)
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    Freedom in the Age of Climate Change. [REVIEW]Martin Ritter - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):345-349.
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    On Humans and Machines.Johanna Seifert, Orsolya Friedrich & Sebastian Schleidgen - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):207-231.
    In the present article we examine the anthropological implications of “intelligent” neurotechnologies (INTs). For this purpose, we first give an introduction to current developments of INTs by specifying their central characteristics. We then present and discuss traditional anthropological concepts such as the “homo faber,” the concept of humans as “deficient beings,” and the concept of the “cyborg,” questioning their descriptive relevance regarding current neurotechnological applications. To this end, we relate these anthropological concepts to the characteristics of INTs elaborated before. As (...)
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    What Does It Mean for a Robot to Be Respectful?Dina Babushkina - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):1-30.
    Intelligent systems are increasingly incorporated into relationships that had, until recently, been reserved solely for humans, and are delegated the role of a partner, which, if human, would presuppose a system of normatively regulated interactivity. This includes expectations of reciprocity and certain attitudes/actions towards human actors, such as respect. Even though a robot cannot respect, I argue that it can be respectful. A robot can be attributed respectfulness iff its interactions with persons reflect the respectful attitude of the humans involved (...)
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  9. Alienation and Recognition - The Δ Phenomenology of the Human–Social Robot Interaction.Piercosma Bisconti & Antonio Carnevale - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):147-171.
    A crucial philosophical problem of social robots is how much they perform a kind of sociality in interacting with humans. Scholarship diverges between those who sustain that humans and social robots cannot by default have social interactions and those who argue for the possibility of an asymmetric sociality. Against this dichotomy, we argue in this paper for a holistic approach called “Δ phenomenology” of HSRI. In the first part of the paper, we will analyse the semantics of an HSRI. This (...)
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    Postphenomenology or Essentialism?Alexander Castleton Flores - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):57-83.
    Inuit customs establish that food must be shared with the community. For many Inuit, income from wage-work feeds back into the subsistence economy, as money is needed to buy snowmobiles, gas, or rifles to practice harvesting activities. In the last decade, both scholars and journalists have noted that the commercialization of traditional foods through Facebook is a current controversy among Inuit. This article will discuss this issue contrasting technological essentialism and postphenomenology. While technological essentialism establishes, from a Heideggerian perspective, that (...)
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    Decolonial Approaches to Technical Design.Cristiano Cordeiro Cruz - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):115-146.
    Decolonial approaches to technical design are part of a broader category of design methodologies, which actualize unfulfilled sociotechnical potentialities. In this paper, I present some decolonial theory concepts and discuss three decolonial approaches to illuminate philosophical debates that: 1) Can find in them clear traces of a third set of elements that shape every design/technology, along with the well-analyzed technical-scientific and ethical-political ones. In dialogue with Walter Vincenti and some others, I call these elements structured procedures, imagery lexicon, and aesthetical (...)
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  12. Technological Change and Human Obsolescence.John Danaher - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):31-56.
    Can human life have value in a world in which humans are rendered obsolete by technological advances? This article answers this question by developing an extended analysis of the axiological impact of human obsolescence. In doing so, it makes four main arguments. First, it argues that human obsolescence is a complex phenomenon that can take on at least four distinct forms. Second, it argues that one of these forms of obsolescence is not a coherent concept and hence not a plausible (...)
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    Feminist Moral Tensions for a Nomadic Subject: Navigating the Pandemic.Jill Drouillard - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):181-189.
    This paper uses the figure of the nomad from the work of Rosi Braidoti to critically examine rhetoric about vaccine and masking mandates, and the science of covid more broadly. I draw out the tensions and ambivalence felt as we navigate this on-going crisis in ways epitomized by the phrase “I have a healthy mistrust of authority, and I am still vaccinated.” Though ambivalent, the nomadic subject finds an affirmative ethics, navigating the “right” response to incite positive change and expose (...)
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    Accommodating Ourselves to Death.Nolen Gertz - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):172-180.
    COVID-19 has created new opportunities for tech companies to supply the world with technological solutions intended to help individuals, communities, and nations maintain normalcy in the midst of disease, death, and destruction. Technologies such as virtual meeting software, coronavirus monitoring apps, and air filtration systems raise the question of whether our technological resiliency is not only helping us to maintain life as it was before, but also preventing us from asking whether we should maintain life as it was before. By (...)
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    Infrastructure, Modulation, Portal.Gordon Hull - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):84-114.
    Following Foucault’s remarks on the importance of architecture to disciplinary power, this paper offers a typology of power relations expressed in different models of Internet governance. Infrastructure governance understands the Internet as a common pool or public resource, on the model of traditional infrastructures like roads and bridges. Modulation governance, which I study by way of Net Neutrality debates in the U.S., understands Internet governance as traffic shaping. Portal governance, which I study by way of data collection policies of dominant (...)
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    The Origin and Evolution of Philosophy of Technology: Comments on The Thoughtful History of Philosophy of Technology. [REVIEW]Baojun Pan - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):197-206.
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    The Good Life after the Narrative Turn. [REVIEW]Michał Wieczorek - 2022 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):190-196.
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