Ghost in the machine : a philosophical analysis of the relationship between brain-computer interface applications and their users

Heersmink, J.R. (2009) Ghost in the machine : a philosophical analysis of the relationship between brain-computer interface applications and their users.

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Abstract:In this thesis I have explored the relationship between brain-computer interface (BCI) applications and their users from three philosophical perspectives. This is important for at least three reasons. First, a better understanding of this relationship can result in a more efficient design of this technology, which is beneficial for both the user and designer. Second, the outcome of this analysis could be used as a point of departure for a discussion on the moral desirability of BCI-systems, for example, in terms of personal identity or autonomy. And a third reason is, a better understanding of human-technology relations contributes to a philosophical anthropological notion of what it means to be human, which has intrinsic value. The overall research question I have attempted to answer is: What is the functional, epistemological and phenomenological relationship between BCIs, their applications and their users?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59317
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