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  • The Hastings Center Celebrates Outstanding Journalists

    Posted on December 11, 2018

    Three journalists received The Hastings Center Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Ethics and Reprogenetics. The awards were presented at an event in New York City on December 6 that celebrated the role of journalists in helping the public understand the science of heredity and the power of genetic and reproductive technologies. The keynote speaker… Read more

  • Policy Recommendations: Control and Responsible Innovation of Artificial Intelligence

    Posted on December 4, 2018

    A major international project at The Hastings Center released policy recommendations for the development of artificial intelligence and robotics to help reap the benefits and productivity gains and minimize the risks and undesirable social consequences. “Research, innovation, and the deployment of AI and robotic systems are proceeding rapidly, and so, too, is the emergence of… Read more

  • New in Braingenethics: What Role Should Genetic Testing Play in Psychiatric Care?

    Posted on November 21, 2018

    Several DNA tests claim to predict how well particular psychiatric medications are likely to work for individual patients with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. And 23andMe just received approval to market the first direct-to-consumer pharmacogenomics report, which detects 33 variants for multiple genes that may be associated with the metabolism of psychiatric medications, though the… Read more

  • Control and Responsible Innovation of Artificial Intelligence

    Posted on November 20, 2018

    Artificial intelligence and robotics are beginning to transform nearly every sector and facet of modern life. While the benefits and expected benefits could be vast, there are also concerns about privacy, accountability, transparency, biases, safety,  and other issues. How can we reap the benefits of AI and robotics while mitigating risks and undesirable societal consequences?… Read more

  • Event: Why Doping Matters in Sports

    Posted on November 6, 2018

    What do we really care about in sport, and how does the reckless use of biomedical enhancements undermine those values? Come to Why Doping Matters in Sports, a lecture by Hastings Center president emeritus Thomas Murray, with introductory remarks by director of research  Josephine Johnston and an interview with Hastings Center Fellow Arthur L. Caplan. The event will take place… Read more

  • Bioethics Workshop for Secondary School Teachers Examines the Ethics of Human Gene Editing

    Posted on October 30, 2018

    Today’s young people will inevitably grapple with decisions about emerging biotechnologies, such as whether new gene editing technologies should be used to choose the traits of their children or enhance their intelligence. The Hastings Center’s inaugural bioethics workshop for high school teachers equipped participants with skills and tools to introduce bioethics into their classes and… Read more

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