The Ethics of Cyborgs

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The great philosopher Aristotle believed that humans had a fixed nature and should not be tampered with, although the 19th century philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre believed “existence precedes essence” which humans have their own freedom to choose to do what they wish. These two philosophical theories clash against one another about whether humans should alter our natural human nature and the issue of cyborgs. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary a cyborgs is defined as “a person whose body contains mechanical or electrical devices and whose abilities are greater than the abilities or normal humans. Due to the increase in technology, today we are able to create artificial chips, organs, implants and other “life-like” body parts which can greatly enhance humans’ lives. The ethical debate that we have today is whether it is morally right to artificially implant object in humans and create cyborgs. Our knowledge and use of technology is expanding larger and larger each day and we are learning how to fit large computing capabilities in smaller and smaller devices. Hinman notices this boom in technology and knows that its power is great, and many of us don’t know how it has impacted our lives in such a great amount (Hinman 466). In our everyday lives we have relationship with computers all over and it seems impossible to not use computing devices in our everyday lives. Hinman believes that the computer world has great benefits to make our lives easier, such as easy online shopping, and the possibility of computer guided driving. He even realized their impacts on relationships are becoming digitalized and we are creating completely computer based relationships (Hinman 467-469). Although with all the good, there are concerns with... ... middle of paper ... ...ment chips will constantly be updated to make everyone better and better. After all the improvement we will go through, this will ultimately take away the only thing that makes us humans, flaws. Although, with all the good that these computer chips can do, it can be used for negative purposes, such as mind control, seems like a very probably situation. People can already manipulate others into doing what they want with simple words and images, but just imagine that could happen with 100% certainty by controlling a chip that directly relates the others mental and physical performances of another. In addition the ultimate pursuit for perfection will have people obsessing to be better and better which can destroy any true competition. Cyborgs do have great intentions, but unless used for the sole purpose of medical therapy I believe it will cause more harm than good.

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