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When Cyborg meets Humanoid : a new challenge for human rights

Wijlen, Thomas ter (2017) When Cyborg meets Humanoid : a new challenge for human rights.

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Abstract:Currently the prospect of technological development regarding robotics looks in two directions. On one hand there is a development of creating humanoid robots, which ultimately will house the capacity for human-level sentience, consciousness, and intelligence. On the other hand there is a development of mechanizing the human being, resulting in a cyborg, which refers to the belief that the human being can evolve beyond the current physical and mental limitations through the use of technology. Now, the cyborg is found to be philosophically identical to the Homo Sapiens regarding their status as human being. However, in ontology, they are regarded to not be equivalent, as the Homo Sapiens has an ontological status of As(x) and the UC and ontological status of C(x,y). The automata, on the other hand, is regarded not to be identical to the Homo Sapiens, but equivalent to the UC, wherein both entities hold the ontological predicate of C(x,y). Discourse has led to the discussion of a shift towards a more technologized vision of the human being on the one hand, and the conception of the automata, that historically is becoming ever more human-like, on the other hand. Thus, the consideration of granting humanoid robots (full) human rights or any rights in that regard is required. The discourse between the two direction is the challenge of this argument. Should engineers be capable of constructing humanoid robots, and should engineers be capable of constructing a cyborg, when these entities meet in capacity, should rights be warranted?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
DeCre, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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