Arius in Cyberspace: Digital Companions and the Limits of the Person

O'Hara, Kieron (2010) Arius in Cyberspace: Digital Companions and the Limits of the Person In, Yorick Wilks (ed.), Close Engagements with Artificial Companions: Key social, psychological, ethical and design issues. John Benjamins (Amsterdam)


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This paper deals with aspects of agency in the context of digital companions. First, I defend the idea that a full description of human psychology or cognition must deal with more than the state of a person’s head/brain/mind (i.e. rejecting what has been called ‘methodological individualism’). Second, I look at issues of identity that arise from augmentation of the individual with technology and the creation of companions. These two discussions will, I suggest, open up the possibility of some kind of internal or organic relation between a person and his or her companion. Third, I consider some of the possible types of relationship that might hold between a companion and its owner. Fourth, I look at some of the issues of authority that we can expect to arise.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9789027249944 (print)
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 268242
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 16:52
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