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

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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.

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  • 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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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018