We have always been Cyborgs: on the ethics of posthumanism and transhumanism

THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 18.00–19.30

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (John Cabot University)

We have always been cyborgs. Now, it occurs that computers are in the process of getting smaller and of entering our bodies so that we turn into upgraded humans, who can interact efficiently with their environment within smart cities, and have the appropriate means for dealing with aging, the worst mass murderer in the world. This development goes along with new challenges related to digitalization, whereby the coming about of the internet panopticon is the most serious of all of them. I will reflect upon how these developments relate to post- and transhumanist discourses, and what can be done to successfully deal with the ethical challenges related to this development. Will we also end up with a social credit system, as it will be in place in all of China from 2020 onwards? Would it make a difference, if we start seeing social credits as a way of gaining data capital? The Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” reveals some implications of what is happening right now….