Abstract

The aim of this paper is to connect studies in cognitive niches with the diffusion of high-technologies, cyborgs and robots, so as to obtain a new framework for analyzing some dilemmas of future technological developments. Digital technologies dramatically boosted the niche constructing dynamics by allowing the construction of new informational environments and by the addition of pseudo-minds that are able to carry on the niche-construction activity side-by-side with human beings. Cognitive niches, structured to ease environmental selective pressure, may progressively degenerate causing an increase in selective pressure and hence a reduction in welfare for individuals: yet, when the failure is caused by what was meant to benefit the population, and when the reversal of niche is (or seems to be) unfeasible, it is possible to individuate a "terminator niche."


Type

Conference Paper

Pages

31:1–31:10

Date

2013

Webpage

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Creators

Bertolotti, Tommaso (Author)
Magnani, Lorenzo (Author)

Publisher

ACM

ISBN
978-1-4503-1875-4


Professional Fields