Human implants: A suggested framework to set priorities

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Human implants are among the technology applications that deserve to be carefully assessed as they have the potential to help us treating many devastating human conditions, but also to assist us reaching a stage beyond current human capacities and abilities. Such a development would introduce many challenges for society, governments, and the individual. Human implants can blur the line that lies between what is acknowledged as therapy and enhancement. The lack of a clear distinction between therapy and enhancement will confront governments with new regulatory challenges in public health and funding technology research. This brings to the fore issues of justice, such as how to close instead of widen the 'technology-divide' and how to define priorities for funding, distributing, and using human implants. Given the potential impact that new and improved human implants can have for the individual and for society, a better understanding on the direction and reasons for developing such applications is needed to handle them in a wiser way. One way of assisting such a development is by rethinking our priorities when using technology for human enhancement applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Technoethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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