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  Brain-to-brain interfaces and the role of language in distributing agency

Dingemanse, M. (2017). Brain-to-brain interfaces and the role of language in distributing agency. In N. J. Enfield, & P. Kockelman (Eds.), Distributed Agency (pp. 59-66). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457204.003.0007.

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 Abstract: Brain-to-brain interfaces, in which brains are physically connected without the intervention of language, promise new ways of collaboration and communication between humans. I examine the narrow view of language implicit in current conceptions of brain-to-brain interfaces and put forward a constructive alternative, stressing the role of language in organising joint agency. Two features of language stand out as crucial: its selectivity, which provides people with much-needed filters between public words and private worlds; and its negotiability, which provides people with systematic opportunities for calibrating understanding and expressing consent and dissent. Without these checks and balances, brain-to-brain interfaces run the risk of reducing people to the level of amoeba in a slime mold; with them, they may mature to become useful extensions of human agency

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 201520172017-01-16
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 8
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Title: Distributed Agency
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Enfield, N. J., Editor
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Oxford University Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 59 - 66 Identifier: ISBN: 9780190457211