Homo Electricus and the Continued Speciation of Humans

Homo Electricus and the Continued Speciation of Humans

Katina Michael (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-987-8.ch047
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Abstract

Today however we are on the brink of building a new sentient being, a bearer of electricity, a modern man belonging to a new race, beyond that which can be considered merely part man part machine. We refer here to the absolute fusion of man and machine, where the toolmaker becomes one with his tools (McLuhan, 1964). The question at this point of coalescence is how human will the new species be (Toffler, 1981)? And what are the related ethical concerns? Does the “biological evolution” of humans as recorded in history end when technology can be connected to the body in a wired or wireless form?

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