Harnessing our very life

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dc.contributor.author Wills, Peter en
dc.contributor.author Williams, DLF en
dc.contributor.author Trussell, D en
dc.contributor.author Mann, R en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-12T19:56:46Z en
dc.date.issued 2013 en
dc.identifier.citation Artificial Life 19(3-4):451-469 2013 en
dc.identifier.issn 1064-5462 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21252 en
dc.description.abstract The Aristotelian ideas of nature (physis) and technology (techné) are taken as a starting point for understanding what it would mean for technology to be truly living. Heidegger's critique of the conflation of scientific and technological thinking in the current era is accepted as demonstrating that humanity does not have a deep enough appreciation of the nature of life to harness its essence safely. Could the vision of harnessing life be realized, which we strongly doubt, living technology would give selected humans transforming powers that could be expected to exacerbate, rather than solve, current global problems. The source of human purposefulness, and hence of both technology and ethics, is identified in nature's emergent capability to instantiate informational representations in material forms. Ethics that are properly grounded in an appreciation of intrinsic value, especially that of life, demand that proposals to give humanity the capabilities of living technology address the social, political, economic, and environmental problems inherent in its development and potential deployment. Before any development is embarked on, steps must be taken to avoid living technology, whatever the term eventually designates, becoming available for destructive or antisocial purposes such as those that might devastate humanity or irrevocably damage the natural world. en
dc.publisher MIT Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Artificial Life en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Harnessing our very life en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1162/ARTL_a_00120 en
pubs.issue 3-4 en
pubs.begin-page 451 en
pubs.volume 19 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.identifier.pmid 23889745 en
pubs.end-page 469 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 263370 en
pubs.org-id Faculty of Science en
pubs.org-id Physics en
dc.identifier.eissn 1530-9185 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-20 en


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