Conserving Humanity at the Dawn of Posthuman Technology

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Springer Nature, Nov 30, 2019 - Social Science - 401 pages

This volume examines the latest scientific and technological developments likely to shape our post-human future. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the author argues that we stand at the precipice of an evolutionary change caused by genetic engineering and anatomically embedded digital and informational technologies. The author delves into current scientific initiatives that will lead to the emergence of super smart individuals with unique creative capacities. He draws on technology, psychology and philosophy to consider humans-as-they-are relative to autonomy, creativity, and their place in a future shared with ‘post humans.’ The author discusses the current state of bioethics and technology law, both which policymakers, beset by a torrent of revolutionary advances in bioengineering, are attempting to steer. Significantly, Carvalko addresses why we must both preserve the narratives that brought us to this moment and continue to express our humanity through, music, art, and literature, to ensure that, as a uniquely creative species, we don’t simply vanish in the ether of an evolution brought about by our own technology.

 

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Contents

List of Figures
1
Part I The Inevitable Path Ahead
2
Chapter 1 Introduction
3
Chapter 2 A Bridge and Not an End
17
Chapter 3 Irrepressible Creativity
19
Chapter 4 The Narrative
25
Part II Brains and Biology
28
Chapter 5 Thin Edge of the Wedge
31
Part V Posthuman Humanities
224
Chapter 32 Between Eternities of Light
225
Chapter 33 Who Are We
229
Chapter 34 Spiritual SelfAffirmation
231
Chapter 35 Who Is the Sence in Essence
237
Chapter 36 The Aesthetic Machine
241
Chapter 37 Music to Mind
247
Chapter 38 The Intricacies of Mastery
253

Chapter 6 The Platform
35
Chapter 7 The Making of Homo Futuro
43
Chapter 8 Fashioning Life Forms
53
Chapter 9 Confluence of Technologies
59
Chapter 10 A River of Humanity
63
Chapter 11 Revising the Bell Curve
69
Chapter 12 Neurobiological Correlates
77
Chapter 13 The Form of the World
85
Chapter 14 An Astonishing Specification
91
Chapter 15 Crannies and Stacks
101
Part III Technology of Creativity
110
Chapter 16 Different Outcomes
111
Chapter 17 Machines to Molecules
113
Chapter 18 Machines Computers Software
125
Chapter 19 Pathways to the Brain
131
Chapter 20 Imaginative Construction
135
Chapter 21 The Techno Mind
141
Chapter 22 Bioengineered Computers
149
Chapter 23 Fantastic Voyage
163
Chapter 24 Automata Artificial and Otherwise
167
Chapter 25 Whats the Matter with Hal
177
Part IV Creative Psychology Essence
187
Chapter 26 The Struggle for Perfection
189
Chapter 27 Power of Imagination
191
Chapter 28 Signs of Mimetics
199
Chapter 29 Framing What We Mean
205
Chapter 30 Three Ecospheres
215
Chapter 31 KnowledgeAbout
220
Chapter 39 Blending Dances and Dancers
259
Chapter 40 Programmed in Our Head
267
Chapter 41 Storytelling
273
Part VI Societal Repercussions
282
Chapter 42 Far from Red and Black
283
Chapter 43 Planning the Journey
285
Chapter 44 Assigning Rulebooks
291
Chapter 45 The World Is a Chess Game
295
Chapter 46 Preternatural Life
299
Chapter 47 The Impossible Dream
309
Chapter 48 Timeless Borderless Creativity
313
Chapter 49 Information Colossus
319
Chapter 50 Inevitable Integration
327
Part VII Policy and Ethics
336
Chapter 51 Wheels and Genes
339
Chapter 52 Patenting the Transhuman
341
Chapter 53 Virtuous Deliberations
349
Chapter 54 The Ethical Claim
355
Chapter 55 Runaway Utility
363
Chapter 56 Middle Fields of Moral Force
369
Respect for Form
373
Part VIII Final Thoughts
381
Chapter 58 Lost in Time
383
Chapter 59 The Inner Eye
385
Chapter 60 Time to Return to the Sea
389
Index
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Joseph R. Carvalko Jr. is an American technologist, academic, patent lawyer, and writer. As an inventor and engineer, he has been awarded sixteen U.S. patents in various fields. He has authored academic books, articles, and fiction throughout his career. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University, School of Law, teaching Law, Science and Technology; Chairman, Technology and Ethics Working Research Group, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University; member, IEEE, Society on Social Implications of Technology; summer faculty member, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University.