The Looping Effects of Enhancement Technologies

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Libertarians often portray the decision to use enhancement technologies purely as a matter of individual choice, affecting the person who uses them but no one else. Yet individual choices often add up to large social changes that profoundly affect the lives of other people, effectively pushing individual choices in a particular direction. It seems plausible that self-reinforcing loops such as those that have driven the adoption of technologies like cars and air-conditioners might also play a role in the adoption of enhancement technologies, effectively exerting pressure on people to use a technology that they might otherwise resist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of bioethical inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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  • Enhancement technologies
  • Ian Hacking
  • Looping effects
  • Self-reinforcing loops


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