Deep Brain Stimulation og Identitet i Fremtiden: The Future of Deep Brain Stimulation and Identity

Camilla Andersen, Adna Farah, Kierkegaard Pil & Haasum Lucas

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

The rapidly progressing technology of today is the impetus for increased interest and discussion regarding transhumanism. As a result, our group has decided to conduct research regarding deep brain stimulation, in order to focus on a single technology that is growing rapidly and seeing multiple uses in treating various neurological pathologies. The possibilities of the technology will be relevant to the future of transhuman though, as well as the immediate effects on the individuals who elect to use it; that is why we will perform a technical analysis of deep brain stimulation implants in order to better understand their functions and how the technology affects the patient’s brain. To obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the technology and its future, the group also consulted the literary works of Svend Åge Madsen, making a full postmodern analysis of the text to get a sense of what DBS may become in the upcoming years. Additionally, an interview was conducted with Ander Høeg Nissen, a early transhumanist who has had a NFC chip implanted into his hand, to further our understanding of an individual's experiences with integrating technology into their body. Following this, we went through all of our material and discuss our findings the report before reaching a conclusion: that the technology changes how the individual perceives oneself, and that there are as yet unresearched side effects to deep brain stimulation. It can therefore be hard to define what is morally wrong or right, and that it is up to the overall society and the people living in it to determine through discussion what the technology will be used for.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
SprogDansk
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2015
VejledereBjørn Laursen

Emneord

  • transhumanism
  • identity
  • ethics
  • deep brain stimulation
  • etik
  • identitet