Technical progress opens up a wide range of options for improvements in the health care system and also in biotechnological applications. This is made possible by advances in medical diagnostics, therapy, and prosthetics, the use of automated systems in care, but also the AI-supported analysis of fundamental processes of life. Of course, this development makes the boundaries between life and technology more permeable, and the interfaces and points of contact between human and machine become more and more intimate and sensitive. New forms of cooperation between humans and technology must be developed without encouraging the humanization of robots or the mechanization of humans.
In this field, ITAS works on the use of digital technologies in the care sector, on artificial intelligence, visions of machine awareness, fields of application of robotics in the world of work, on options for the “technical improvement” of humans (human enhancement), and on the consequences and implications of genetic editing (genome editing).