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Upcoming Event: The Enhanced Human

Advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence generate enthusiasm about the potential to redesign ourselves, as well as concern about whether, and, if so, in what ways, we ought to do so.  Gene editing has the capacity to cure disease, but can we draw a line between appropriate applications and misuse when it comes to complex issues such as trait selection and editing the human genome in ways that will be permanent? How do we identify and minimize the risks and weigh them against any benefits?  As we navigate through new territories in self-customization, what kinds of regulations can and should be put in place?

To explore these questions, The Hastings Center, together with the New York Academy of Sciences and the Aspen Brain Institute, will bring together scientists, ethicists, philosophers, historians, and other experts, for a public event. The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities will examine existing and emerging enhancement technologies, with a special focus on gene editing and artificial intelligence, as examples of technologies with broad capabilities and ethical concerns.

Hastings Center President Mildred Z. Solomon will moderate the event and serve as a panelist in “A Conversation about the Ethics of Human Enhancement”. Director of Research Josephine Johnston will present in a session entitled “Present and Future Bioethical Considerations” and also participate in the panel. Other presenters and panelists include George Church of Harvard University, Jamie Metzl of the Atlantic Council, and Meredith Whittaker of the AI Now Institute and Google Open Research.

The event will be held the evening of May 21 from 6-9:25 PM at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. Learn more and register here.

Published on: April 3, 2018
Published in: Artificial Intelligence, Bioethics, Emerging Biotechnology, Gene Editing, Reproduction & Technology, Science and Society, Science and the Self

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