Cody Turner

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow
412 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Department: Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center

Research interests: Philosophy of technology, AI ethics, philosophy of mind, augmented reality and virtual reality, virtue epistemology, extended cognition, surveillance capitalism

Cody Turner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center. His current work focuses on how emerging wearable and implantable AI cognitive assistant devices—such as smartwatches, smart glasses, smart contact lenses, and neural implants—are poised to affect the mind from a metaphysical, ethical, and epistemological perspective. This research involves examining emerging digital technologies from the standpoint of both techno-optimism and techno-pessimism.

With respect to the former, Turner is particularly interested in drawing on the extended mind thesis in the philosophy of mind to explore how and to what extent emerging augmented reality and brain-computer interface devices can metaphysically extend cognition, knowledge, personal identity, and even intellectual virtue. From the perspective of techno-pessimism, he studies how emerging digital technologies threaten to exacerbate existing ethical and epistemic problems associated with surveillance capitalism, data mining, and personalization algorithms.

Turner has also published on the topics of machine consciousness, cognitive phenomenology, and intentionality. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Connecticut and his B.A. in philosophy from the College of William & Mary, graduating summa cum laude as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In addition to his appointment at ND TEC, Turner is a Future of Consciousness Fellow at the Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University.

Turner’s position at ND TEC is generously supported by the Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab.