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Promoting ethics for human enhancement technologies: SIENNA project Policy Brief #5

Yasemin J. Erden; Philip Brey

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  "description": "<p>Human enhancement is a modification aimed&nbsp;at&nbsp;improving human performance&nbsp;beyond what is typical or average, brought about<br>\nby science-based and/or technology-based interventions in or on the human body. Some forms of human enhancement (e.g., cosmetic surgery, doping in sports), have existed for a long time.&nbsp;Recent developments in science promise substantial advancements.</p>\n\n<p>Developments in genomics, pharmaceutics, prosthetics, neurotechnology, biomedical engineering, human-machine interaction,&nbsp;artificial intelligence and nanomedicine&nbsp;have&nbsp;unlimited potential to create future humans with superhuman physical and mental abilities.</p>\n\n<p>Some human enhancement is controversial socially and morally. They promise the advancement of humanity, but also introduce&nbsp;serious risks to health and well-being, freedom, and equality. Human enhancement research and development can be missed&nbsp;in ethical and legislative review. The field is&nbsp;broad, and enhancement potential can be&nbsp;difficult to predict, especially if such potential&nbsp;is not actively sought.&nbsp;In all cases, guidance is needed.</p>\n\n<p>SIENNA research has identified that there is insufficient guidance available for responsible&nbsp;decision-making on these topics, whether in research, development, deployment or use&nbsp;of technologies with enhancement potential. This brief presents some<strong> urgent actions and recommendations for policy makers.</strong></p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
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      "affiliation": "University of Twente", 
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      "name": "Yasemin J. Erden"
      "affiliation": "University of Twente", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Philip Brey"
  "url": "https://zenodo.org/record/4633510", 
  "datePublished": "2021-03-24", 
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    "human enhancement", 
    "ethics guidance", 
    "regulatory guidance"
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  "name": "Promoting ethics for human enhancement technologies: SIENNA project Policy Brief #5"
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