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SIENNA D3.4: Ethical Analysis of Human Enhancement Technologies

Sean R. Jensen

Saskia Nagel; Philip Brey; Karolina Kudlek; Tanne Ditzel; Isaac Oluoch; Anna-Carolina Zuiderduin; Nils-Frederic Wagner; Rachel Herdy; Marcelo de Araújo; Fábio Shecaira; André Wendriner; Tang Yueming; Wang Qian; Robert Gianni; Philipp Hövel; Lisa Tambornino; Maria Bottis; Efi Apostolou; Hero van Gein; Zuzanna Warso; Jantina de Vries; Olivia Matshabane; Francisco Lara; Gry Houeland; Heidi Howard,; Rowena Rodrigues,; Anaïs Resseguier; David Wright

This report is prepared within the context of a European project called SIENNA which was selected to fulfil the grant call SWAFS-18-2016. The primary aims of this report were to:

  • Identify HET products and applications, above and beyond those found in SIENNA D3.1: State- of-the-Art Review of Human Enhancement Technologies
  • Identify potential present and future ethical issues
  • Analyse those issues in a nuanced manner without moralising about them or attempting toresolve them

Therein, this report focusses on mapping the ethics of human enhancement. Analysis consists primarily of judging which topics deserve the most space with the limited time available to complete the report. A secondary aim of this report has been to convey the results of SIENNA’s “country studies” of the national academic and popular media debate on the ethical issues in human enhancement technologies in eleven countries, highlighting the similarities and differences about the academic and media debates between these countries. In comparison to the methods of ethical analysis, our analysis of the country study results has contributed fairly little to the overall identification and analysis of the ethical issues in this report. However, the country study results are expected to contribute more significantly to future SIENNA deliverables.

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