Saskia Nagel is grateful for the ‘great recognition’ to receive the VIDI-grant. ‘Mostly because it is a personal grant that you can completely spend to pursue your own research line.’
Nagel will use the grant to research the ethical consequences of blending our minds with technologies. ‘I wonder what it means if we are techno-sapiens’, she says. ‘Technologies are an inextricable part of our lives. Some serve as extensions of our minds outside our bodies. For instance, we rely on smartphones for our decision-making processes, we use them for navigation, or to help our memory. Our close relation with technology raises the question who we are and who we want to be. In this research I will look at the positive and negative aspects of the human-technology relation from an ethical standpoint. In her research, Nagel combines conceptual analysis with empirical studies and normative work.
For more detailed information about Nagel’s academic profile, you can visit her member page on the 4TU.Ethics website: http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/member/nagel-s-saskia.
As 4TU.Ethics, we’d like to congratulate Saskia Nagel with her grant and wish her success in setting up her own research path. We are looking forward to seeing the outcomes of her interesting research project.