Merging Minds and Individuals: Moral Issues and Identity Problems

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Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2023

The new technologies could enable us to increasingly connect the minds of different individuals.
Not only could an individual have the possibility of immediately transmitting their thoughts and feelings to others, but super-individuals (or super-organisms) might also emerge, resulting from the combination of characteristics and personalities of various individuals. The aim of this seminar is to carefully analyze the desirability of such a project and to discuss the main moral issues that arise with mind merging. In the end, we will wonder whether the potential development of ‘brain-to-brain interfacing’ technologies could radically transform our concept of action and responsibility, both at the individual and collective levels, and have profound implications on how we perceive ourselves as human beings. This scenario prompts us to reflect on the nature of individual and collective identity and the moral, social, and philosophical challenges that arise in an increasingly interconnected technological world.

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics


The seminar will be held in Italian

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online

The speaker will connect remotely

Registration by September 18, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection



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  • Maurizio Balistreri - Speaker
    University of Tuscia, Viterbo
    Maurizio Balistreri is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Department of Linguistics and Literary, Historical, Philosophical and Legal Studies (DISTU), University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy). His research areas include bioethics, ethics of robots and artificial intelligence, and applied ethics. His latest books include “Il bambino migliore? Che cosa significa essere genitori responsabili al tempo del genome editing” (Fandango 2022), “Superumani: etica e potenziamento” (Espress 2011, 2020), “Il futuro della riproduzione umana” (Fandango 2016), and “Sex robot. Love in the age of machines” (Fandango 2018; Malpaso 2021; Trivent 2022). He is one of the authors of “Biotecnologie. Modificazioni genetiche” (Mulino 2020) and contributed to the “Dizionario di Bioetica” edited by Eugenio Lecaldano (Laterza 2002).


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 18/09/2023.



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