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).