Thanks to TriWù, the web portal on science communication, the Round Table session “The coming EPOCH of Enhancement SOcieties” scheduled at 4.30 pm on Thrsday Spetember 6th, will be streamed live on http://www.triwu.ti/streaming
The EPOCH project is based on the collaborative work of several partners spread over 12 countries. In the next week, this website will host selected works of these partners on the of human enhancement. This post starts with the research of the University of Calgary:
Martin, Angelica; Ball, Natalie Tynedal, Jeremy; Yumakulov, Sophya; Wolbring, Gregor; (2012) The Coming Epoch of Enhanced Societies? The Challenge of Human Enhancement to Regulation, Ethics, and Public Policy September 6-7, 2012 University of Padua, Italy Exploring Discourse Surrounding Therapeutic Enhancement And Injured Veterans And Soldiers; in part supported by a SSHRC standard operating grant and supported in part by a USRP grant of the University of Calgary and European Union’s 7th framework programme grant Poster here http://www.crds.org/docs/Gregor_Wolbring/veteranasiabioethics.pdf
Ball, Natalie; Martin, Angelica; Wolbring, Gregor(2012) The Coming Epoch of Enhanced Societies? The Challenge of Human Enhancement to Regulation, Ethics, and Public Policy September 6-7, 2012 University of Padua, Italy Coverage Of Neuro And Cognitive Enhancement Beyond The Normal: Canada And USA ; in part supported by a SSHRC standard operating grant and European Union’s 7th framework programme grant Poster see here http://www.crds.org/docs/Gregor_Wolbring/Neuroenhancement%20Poster_Malaysiaball.pdf
EPOCH final conference is reported in the event page of the University of Padua. The news is avaialble here.
Moebius, the weekly science communication show of Radio 24, the national radio station of the Il Sole 24 Ore, presents the EPOCH final conference and discusses of human enhancement (on air on September 1 & 2, 2012). The audio streaming is available here.
The Coming Epoch of Enhanced Societies?
The Challenge of Human Enhancement to Regulation, Ethics, and Public Policy
Padua, Italy, September 6-7, 2012
A convergence of technoscientific developments and of social and individual demands and desires appears to amount to a tendency towards an ‘enhancement society’. Increased productivity, better brains, longer and healthier lives, stronger bodies, and relief from sorrow have been actively sought by humans for centuries, but the recent breakthroughs in emerging sciences and technologies are considered by many as the instruments to transform these dreams into reality.
However, dramatic social disruptions, expanded social surveillance, new and increased inequalities and even dehumanization are feared as possible consequences of the development and diffusion of these ‘human enhancement technologies’.
The management of such contentious technologies requires a comprehensive governance
framework that does not exist yet in the EU or elsewhere. The FP7 Science in Society funded Collaborative Research Project EPOCH – “Ethics in Public Policy Making: The Case of Human Enhancement” has explored the interplay of ethics, regulation and policy making in the current governance of new and emerging science and technology, in order to elaborate a participatory, socially inclusive, and reflexive governance framework of human enhancement technologies.
The EPOCH Final Conference will gather together academia, decision-makers and members of society to generate new insights into the role of ethical expertise in European policy making on new and emerging science and technologies, and to discuss possible and desirable governance models of human enhancement technologies.