Uppsala afterwork on Human Enhancement

Human genomics, human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics offer benefits for both individuals and society. However, these technologies also challenge our understanding of what is ethical.

The SIENNA project will provide frameworks to help develop research ethics protocols, professional ethical codes and better legal frameworks. On 4 April 2018, the SIENNA project and Uppsala University’s Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) invites you to an after work talk and discussion on human enhancement and why it matters to you.

Human enhancement: From cradle to grave – promises & challenges

Human enhancement is gaining attention in the sciences, humanities, and public debates. People are excited and worried about the promises for healthy persons to augment “normal“ physical, cognitive, or affective functions.

Professor Saskia Nagel will sketch current possibilities to enhance human function and analyse how boundaries between therapy in sickness and enhancement in wellness are often imprecise in practice. She will focus on the ethical and social questions around enhancement throughout life, from childhood to old age. As the old question “should we do what we can do?“ needs to be asked anew by discussing which values we want to pursue given further developments towards self-optimisation.

Where: Navet, SciLifeLab, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, Sweden
When: 4 April 2018, 16:15-19:00 (presentation and discussion 45 minutes)
Speaker: Professor Saskia Nagel, Aachen University & Univeristy of Twente

Come and listen to the presentation! If you have time, you are welcome to stay for a drink, discussion and food with SIENNA researchers.

Staying for food? Register by 27 March.

if you have any questions, please contact Anna Holm (anna.holm@crb.uu.se).

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Saskia Nagel, University of Twente

Saskia Nagel, University of Twente

Saskia Nagel leads SIENNA's human enhancement work stream. She is an Associate Professor in philosophy and ethics of technology at UT. Her areas of expertise and research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, the life sciences (in particular neuroscience and cognitive science), and technologies. She has led a research group studying the ethical, anthropological, and social implications of our growing knowledge about the brain’s plasticity. She co-authored the first position paper on pediatric enhancement, which was supported by several major US American physician associations.

Contact: s.k.nagel[at]utwente.nl