Engineering Our Humanity
About the Course
The fourth industrial revolution brings with it both promise and peril. For the first time, we have technologies that allow us to engineer what it is to be human. Whether its synthetic bodies, or edited genes, the control we have over our biology is growing every day. But will this make dreams of longer lives, endless health and even immortality come true? Or are we entering dystopia?
By the end of the course, you will have learnt:
- A brief history of human enhancement
- How gene editing has the power to change our lives, for better or worse
- How modern technology can allow us to realistically modify our brains
- The importance of establishing an ethics for this technology
- The trouble with modern bioethics
IAI Academy courses are designed to be challenging but accessible to the interested student. No specialist knowledge is required.
About the Instructor
Melanie Challenger is a writer and broadcaster on environmental history, philosophy of biology, and bioethics. She is Deputy Co-Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a Vice President of the RSPCA. She hosts the podcast The Psychosphere on agency and intelligence in nature.
Part One: The Game ChangersGene editing technologies and brain-machine interfaces are possible pathways to enhancing aspects of our biology. So how do these game changers work?
Part Two: Dream or Jeopardy?