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Digital technology and human abilities: complemetarity or disfunctions?

When the abilities of the digital brain increase, its humanity man decreases: this is the thesis of Miguel Benasayag, a Franco-Argentine psychoanalyst and philosopher, host of the seventh edition of the Internet Festival in Pisa held between 5 and 8 October 2017. His speech at the meeting “Philosophy and Technology: the two faces of knowledge” underlined the conflicting relationship between the spread of ever-evolving technology. with a slower emancipation of the body. He suggested the necessity of┬ádeveloping an ethical interdependence between technology and man, taking into account both the physical pace and the impossibility of independance from digital devices. In his book (Erikson, 2016), Benasayag had already highlighted the dangerous relationship between man and the digital. Smartphones, computers, and other digital devices have given rise to a delegation of some brain functions, completely disabling the user to run them autonomously. The rapidity of diffusion and the exponential increase in the efficiency of digital instruments did not, however, allow a natural biological recycling of the functions delegated to the machine, in other words man has not …