Examination of ethical issues surrounding human enhancement. What does it mean to be human? Must we stay that way? Can we use genetic, robotic, information, and nanotech to make ourselves better than human? This course explores the technological enhancement and ultimately transformation of human capabilities. We have the means to alter and enhance our biological endowments, increase our lifespan, improve our physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities like no generation before. Should we change ourselves to such an extent that we are no longer human (becoming posthuman or transhuman)? What are the dangers and moral/ethical considerations in play, and how are we to adjudicate them?

1.5Credits