The mind in your pocket: On the neuroethical implications of smartphones as extensions of our minds - Peter B. Reiner, University of British Columbia

Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Room 307 - Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, 6331 Crescent Road

Title: The mind in your pocket: On the neuroethical implications of smartphones as extensions of our minds

Abstract:It is hard to overstate the degree to which information technology has permeated modern life. For many, reliance on their devices begins when they awaken, contin ues throughout the day and ends only when they drift off to sleep. Over half of the adult population worldwide owns a smartphone, making them amongthe most widely adopted technologies on the planet. For many people, thesmartphone has become an essential companion to their daily lives, a magic portal to the information superhighway that provides opportunities for communication, social interaction, and data about the world at large.  On the one hand, our devices extend the reach of our cognitive abilities,and in this way they are becoming bona fide extensions of our minds. At the same time, our obsession with these devices – people interact with their smartphones ~150 times per day – raises questions about exactly who is in control of this relationship. In this lecture, I will explore some of the neuroethical implications of smartphones as extensions of our minds, and suggest ways in which we might more skillfully navigate our relationship with our algorithmic companions as they become ever more intimately integrated in our lives.


Find more undergrad events on our internal portal at https://my.cs.ubc.ca.

This event's address: https://my.cs.ubc.ca/event/2019/01/talk-peter-b-reiner-univers ity-british-columbia

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

 

ICICS/CS Building 201-2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4 Canada
Tel: 604-822-3061 | Fax: 604-822-5485
General: help@cs.ubc.ca
Undergrad program: undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca
Graduate program: grad-info@cs.ubc.ca

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia