Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies

Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies

Steven John Thompson (Johns Hopkins University, USA & University of Maryland University College, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 327|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6010-6
ISBN13: 9781466660106|ISBN10: 1466660104|EISBN13: 9781466660113
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With rapid advancements in human enhancement technologies, society struggles with many issues, such as definition, effects, participation, regulation, and control. Current and future initiatives in these technologies may not be in the participants’ best interests; therefore, it is imperative for research on humanitarian considerations to be available to those affiliated with this field.

Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies compiles prestigious research and provides a well-rounded composite of the field’s role in emerging technologies. Addressing both present and future concerns, this publication serves as a valuable reference work for researchers, students, professionals, and practitioners involved in computer science and the humanities, as well as many engaged in a humanities approach to metasystems, new artificial life, and robotics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Society
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Freedom in Experimentation
  • Human Enhancement Technology
  • Human Rights and Values
  • Human-Computer Interface

Reviews and Testimonials

Ethicists and other contributors concerned about the social and moral impact of technology explore some of the issues relating to human enhancement technology. Among the topics are anticipating ethical issues of bodyware, the ethics of seeking body perfection with continual reference to Heidi Montag, ethical dilemmas for the neuroscientist and society regarding neurosurgery to enhance brain function, super soldiers, human enhancement technologies and democratic citizenship, defining and analyzing disability in human enhancement, technology and the memetic self, and a social psychology perspective on enhancement and identity.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

This is an excellent exploration of topics pertaining to the ethics of HET. The essays enable readers to better understand and negotiate our human relationship to technology by questioning and exploring the contemporary worldviews that drive these modern ethical discussions.

– E. Ann Jeschke, Saint Louis University, USA, Doody's Book Review Service

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Steven John Thompson, PhD, is on faculty at The Johns Hopkins University to teach Introduction to the Digital Age, and at University of Maryland Global Campus to teach Media and Society and Mass Media Law. Steve’s expertise is in study and analysis of Internet technologies as existential phenomena. In 1996, he published pioneering quantitative and qualitative research on Internet addiction. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on psychosocial, political, and policy effects of global digital media on societies, and he is active internationally as a scholar on topics of digital media literacy, rhetorics, cyber-age freedom of expression and civil liberties, and media iconics, as those dynamics express themselves through cybersemiotics.