The Over-Extended Mind? Pink Noise and the Ethics of Interaction-Dominant Systems

Darian Meacham, Miguel Prado Casanova

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Abstract

There is a growing recognition within cognitive
enhancement and neuroethics debates of the need
for greater emphasis on cognitive artefacts. This paper
aims to contribute to this broadening and expansion of
the cognitive-enhancement and neuroethics debates by
focusing on a particular form of relation or coupling
between humans and cognitive artefacts: interactiondominance.
We argue that interaction-dominance as an
emergent property of some human-cognitive artefact
relations has important implications for understanding
the attribution and distribution of causal and other forms
of responsibility as well as agency relating to the actions
of human-cognitive artefact couplings. Interactiondominance
is both indicated and constituted by the
phenomenon of Bpink noise^. Understanding the role
of noise in this regard will establish a necessary
theoretical groundwork for approaching the ethical and
political dimensions of relations between human cognition
and digital cognitive artefacts. We argue that pink
noise in this context plays a salient role in the practical,
ethical, and political evaluation of coupling relations
between humans and cognitive artefacts, and subsequently
in the responsible innovation of cognitive artefacts
and human-artefact interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalNanoEthics
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Noise
  • Extended mind
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive artefacts
  • Responsible research and innovation RRI
  • enhancement
  • Value-sensitive design
  • INFORMATION
  • Interaction-dominant systems
  • Human enhancement technology
  • Responsibility
  • Pink noise
  • Cognitive artefacts
  • Distributed cognition
  • DISTRIBUTED MORALITY
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • SENSORY SUBSTITUTION
  • Extended mind thesis
  • HUMAN COGNITION
  • ARTIFACTS
  • Machine-human hybrid
  • Enhancement

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