Responsibility in the age of the new media: Are cyborgs responsible beings?

The advent of the new media has as its major consequence the emergence of new articulations of what it means to be human over, above and beyond the traditional humanistic conception of human beings, especially in view of the newly developing interface between human beings and machines, in terms of t...

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Published in: Communicatio Vol. 38; no. 1; pp. 15 - 29
Main Author: de Beer, Fanie
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South Africa Taylor & Francis Group 04-01-2012
UNISA Press
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Summary: The advent of the new media has as its major consequence the emergence of new articulations of what it means to be human over, above and beyond the traditional humanistic conception of human beings, especially in view of the newly developing interface between human beings and machines, in terms of the so-called posthuman, transhuman, even inhuman and cyborgian conceptions related to humans. These developments elicit intriguing new problems related to ethical matters that are dealt with in the article, which involve the radical questioning of the traditional foundations of ethics, a stern warning against the contemporary 'ideology of ethics', and the posing of acute questions regarding the possibility of considering cyborgs as responsible ethical beings.
ISSN: 0250-0167
1753-5379
DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2012.677049