COVID-19 raises urgent ethical issues for each of us. Our experts shape real-time responses.

Focus Area: Science & Technology

Advances in science related to genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science augment humans’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. But this knowledge also raises challenging ethical questions about personal responsibility, placing limits on these technological advancements, and the fairness of their allocation.

These advancements, like drugs, cochlear implants, and robotic limbs, directly affect how people interact with each other. Such advances may improve quality of life, but there are also tools for enhancement created purely to give a competitive edge. The implications must be critically considered, balancing societal good versus self-serving improvement.