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From neuromorphic sensors to a chip under skin: Morality and ethics in the world of the internet of things

Emma Palese (Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 17 May 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explain the sense of choice in our contemporary world.

Design/methodology/approach

Taking cue from the research of the Institute of Neuroinformatics of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and University of Zürich, this paper is meant to highlight that the contemporary individual is gradually abandoning his own freedom of choice: the principle of moral responsibility, and – consequently – sign of humanity.

Findings

If today the smartphone is the most used tool, in the future we will soon benefit from a chip under skin which could delegate our choices. It is a piece of technology that is not only inspired by biology to create robots, but could also change our life.

Originality/value

From the massive use of the cell phone to the robots which apparently ‘‘feel’’ and show emotions like humans do. From the wearable exoskeleton to the prototype reproducing the artificial sense of touch, technological progress explodes to the extent of embodying itself in our nakedness.

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Citation

Palese, E. (2013), "From neuromorphic sensors to a chip under skin: Morality and ethics in the world of the internet of things", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 72-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-12-2012-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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