Emerging technologies in the field of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, neurotechnology and ICT promise to improve human communication, health, reproduction and cognition. Ultimately, in that process, these technologies may transform the human condition itself. In this minor you explore the novel legal, ethical and societal dilemmas raised by these developments. You analyse, discuss and critically reflect upon the most important legal-ethical frameworks in this field, as well as recent and ongoing public and political debates on these technologies.
One of the major challenges for governance of this field is that these technologies are radically questioning central legal-ethical principles, such as responsibility, dignity, autonomy, freedom and privacy. What do these concepts mean for the regulation of emerging technologies? Are they still credible in the light of recent scientific findings?
What makes this interdisciplinary minor truly unique is its focus on the underlying values within the regulation of advancing technology. During the minor, you will not only analyse and discuss academic literature, but also news items, documentaries, public and political discussions and advisory reports.
To get a better idea of some of the themes that will be discussed in this minor, you can watch the series De Volmaakte Mens (HUMAN/VPRO). Or you can have a look at this interview with Yuval Noah Harari on his 2016 book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.