Séminaire “Philosophie du Web”
(une initiative soutenue par le Collège des Ecoles doctorales de Paris 1, l’Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation du Centre Pompidou et la revue Implications Philosophiques)
Dirigé par Alexandre Monnin (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IRI/INRIA) et Harry Halpin (IRI/W3C)
Samedi 31 mars et Dimanche 1er avril
(Univ. of Edinburgh),
(Univ. of Stirling),
Cognitive prosthetics and the Web
Andy Clark and Mike Wheeler will give interlocking talks designed to investigate the relationship between recent work on embodied cognition and the technological opportunities opened up by the Web and (more generally) by pervasive, mobile computing. A special focus is on the claim that certain forms of technological scaffolding might act as ‘cognitive prosthetics’, extending the physical basis of the human mind itself. Beginning with a general picture of ourselves as ‘natural born cyborgs’ – creatures who continually engineer and re-engineer their own behavioural and mental capacities by means of technology – Clark and Wheeler identify and explore the issues that connect and divide these recent accounts of thought and it’s relation to the complex weave of technology in which we live and work. Using some Web-oriented test-cases, Clark and Wheeler open up a new space for discussion, not only of the Web and human nature, but also of the nature and future of the Web itself.