Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

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In this episode I interview Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology. I ask Laura how human enhancement can affect inter-personal communication and values and talk about the issues in her recent book Rethinking Human Enhancement : Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies.

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 Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 1:00 – Introduction
  • 1:00 – 11:15 – What is human enhancement- definitions and translations
  • 11:15 – 13:35 – Discussing moral enhancement – Savulescu and Persson
  • 13:35 – 14:35 – Human enhancement and communication – discussing Laura’s paper with John Wekert
  • 14:35 – 28:40 – Shared lifeworlds, similar bodies, communication problems
  • 28:40 – 39:48 – Augmented reality and sensory perception
  • 39:48 – 46:20 – Cognitive capacity and memory – Oliver Sacks & Borges
  • 46:20 – 49:50 – Ethics – hermeneutic crises and empathy gaps
  • 49:50 – 52:30 – Can technology solve communication problems?
  • 53:32 – 1:00:00 – What are human values?
  • 1:00:00 – 1:08:20 – How does cognitive enhancement affect values?
  • 1:08:20 – 1:16:00 – Neoliberalism values – pressures and competitiveness
  • 1:16:00 – End – How to prioritise values and see the positives in enhancement

 

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