Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Life and technology

How does the use of new technologies change medicine, society, and the image of the human being?
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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. The humanization of robots and the mechanization of humans are controversial tendencies, and new forms of cooperation between humans and technology must be developed.

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 issues of the “technical improvement” of humans (human enhancement), and on the consequences and implications of genetic editing (genome editing).


Assistive systems: Nora Weinberger

Digitalization in the world of work: Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings

Human Enhancement: Christopher Coenen

Synthetic biology and genome editing: Dr. Harald König

Publications on the topic

Şahinol, M.; Coenen, C.; Motika, R.
2020. Upgrades der Natur, künftige Körper. Hrsg.: M. Şahinol, V-XVII, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 
Coenen, C.
Die Mensch-Maschine als Utopie.
2019. Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion : Handbuch zu Geschichte - Kultur - Ethik. Hrsg.: K. Liggieri, 71–80, J.B. Metzler. doi:10.1007/978-3-476-05604-7_10

Further contact

Jonas Moosmüller
Public relations
Tel.: +49 721 608-26796