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The Over-Extended Mind? Pink Noise and the Ethics of Interaction-Dominant Systems

Meacham, Darian; Prado Casanova, Miguel


Miguel Prado Casanova


© 2018, The Author(s). There is a growing recognition within cognitive enhancement and neuroethics debates of the need for greater emphasis on cognitive artefacts. This paper aims to contribute to this broadening and expansion of the cognitive-enhancement and neuroethics debates by focusing on a particular form of relation or coupling between humans and cognitive artefacts: interaction-dominance. We argue that interaction-dominance as an emergent property of some human-cognitive artefact relations has important implications for understanding the attribution and distribution of causal and other forms of responsibility as well as agency relating to the actions of human-cognitive artefact couplings. Interaction-dominance is both indicated and constituted by the phenomenon of “pink noise”. Understanding the role of noise in this regard will establish a necessary theoretical groundwork for approaching the ethical and political dimensions of relations between human cognition and digital cognitive artefacts. We argue that pink noise in this context plays a salient role in the practical, ethical, and political evaluation of coupling relations between humans and cognitive artefacts, and subsequently in the responsible innovation of cognitive artefacts and human-artefact interfaces.


Meacham, D., & Prado Casanova, M. (2018). The Over-Extended Mind? Pink Noise and the Ethics of Interaction-Dominant Systems. NanoEthics, 12(3), 269-281.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Journal NanoEthics
Print ISSN 1871-4757
Electronic ISSN 1871-4765
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 269-281
Keywords extended mind thesis, cognitive artefacts, pink noise, machine-human hybrid, responsible research and innovation, distributed cognition, responsibility, Interaction-dominant systems,
enhancement, human enhancement technology, value-sensitive
design, noi
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