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Philosophical Anthropology of Technology

Re-conceptualizing the human being

Anna Puzio

Medical technology, robotics, human-brain interfaces, and generative AI raise anew the anthropological question of what a human being is and what distinguishes humans from technology. Can we also attribute consciousness, agency, autonomy, and intelligence to technology? My research project investigates 1) the differences between human and non-human entities such as animals and technology, 2) which conceptions of the human being are already embedded in technology, 3) how the human being is being transformed by emerging technologies, and how we can rethink the philosophical anthropology of technology. I am developing a new approach to the anthropology of technology that is relational and foregrounds the relationship with the non-human. In this endeavor, I work interdisciplinary, phenomenologically, and reference New Materialism (Haraway, Barad).