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UNLECTURE18 with Jens Wiltfang: Designer Brains in the Pursuit of Human Perfection

Communication and Media
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:30 - 19:30

Venue: Brussels Press Club Europe  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

Scientific breakthroughs and technological advances are shaping every aspect of our lives. We want to choose the gender and capacities of our offspring, to enhance our muscles and brains, to control our moods and to even predict the future, but we are only what our brain permits.

Brain fitness is a pill or a chip away. Brain enhancement is already a reality, but should we quickly reach for this technology or should we stop and listen to scientists, doctors, theologians, philosophers, and politicians. Memory enhancing genes have already been identified and intense research is being carried out on memory-enhancing drugs, always targeted as a therapeutic strategy. Should this seemingly endless capacity to innovate, adapt and be better be of concern?

In this brave new world where the chip, pill or gene that can so easily shape the brain are available, how can we guarantee that we are not promoting inequality, becoming less autonomous, increasing brain-related pathologies, in fact, building ‘lazy brains’? What if the enhancements can be passed down to the next generation, are we promoting sub-species? How are we molding human evolution?

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