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Technology is developing at an accelerating pace and rapidly transforming human civilization. Yet our evolved social apparatus, moral psychology, and behavioral instincts are adapted to a pre-technological environment, and our culture is continually disrupted by scientific breakthroughs. Technology is changing how we learn, work, communicate, and even raise our children. There is a pressing need to understand how people harmoniously or disharmoniously integrate technology into their lives. Our symposium begins with an exploration of developmental cybernetics: how do infants perceive and react to nonhuman agents such as robots? We then investigate how people anthropomorphize machines and computers, with important psychological consequences. Lastly, we examine how moral intuitions influence reactions to transhumanism, a cultural and intellectual movement that advocates integrating humanity with advanced technology to transcend our biological limitations.
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