Man-computer Symbiosis as a Way of Human Cognitive Enhancement


The purpose of the paper is to introduce the history of man-computer symbiosis conception which is closely related to the idea of human cognitive enhancement andhuman intelligence amplification. Selected works from Licklider, Ashby and Engelbartare discussed and compared to the conception of augmented reality arisen inthe 1990s. In the author’s point of view these two conceptions represent two different dimensions of enhancing human experience, the ontological and the cognitive.It is shown in the paper that these two perspectives are related very closely and canbe considered as deeply integrated in the future.