The mind-technology problem: investigating minds, selves and 21st century artefacts

Robert W. Clowes (Editor), Klaus Gartner (Editor), Inês Hipólito (Editor)

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This edited book deepens the engagement between 21st century philosophy of mind and the emerging technologies which are transforming our environment. Many new technologies appear to have important implications for the human mind, the nature of our cognition, our sense of identity and even perhaps what we think human beings are. They prompt questions such as: Would an uploaded mind be 'me'? Does our reliance on smart phones, or wearable gadgets enhance or diminish the human mind? and: How does our deep reliance upon ambient artificial intelligence change the shape of the human mind?

Readers will discover the best philosophical analysis of what current and near future 21st technology means for the metaphysics of mind. Important questions are addressed on matters relating to the extended mind and the distributed self. Expert authors explore the role that the ubiquitous smart phone might have in creating new forms of self-knowledge. They consider machine consciousness, brain enhancement and smart ambient technology, and what they can tell us about phenomenal consciousness.

While ideas of artificial general intelligence, cognitive enhancements and the smart environment are widely commented on, serious analysis of their philosophical implications is only getting started. These contributions from top scholars are therefore very timely, and are of particular relevance to students and scholars of the philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, computer science and psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages326
ISBN (Electronic)9783030726447
ISBN (Print)9783030726430, 9783030726461
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Brain and Mind


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