Life and technology

How does the use of new technologies change medicine, society, and the image of the human being?
ITAS Thema Life and Technology

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).

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Further contact

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

Publications on the topic

Coenen, C.; Grunwald, A.
Von der Erlösung zur Lösungsorientierung und zurück? Quasi-religiöse Zukunftsvisionen als Herausforderung und Chance für die Technikfolgenabschätzung.
2022. Immanente Religion – Transzendente Technologie: Technologiediskurse und gesellschaftliche Grenzüberschreitungen. Hrsg.: Sabine Maasen, David Atwood, 159–190, Verlag Barbara Budrich 
Coenen, C.
Transcending Natural Limitations: The Military–Industrial Complex and the Transhumanist Temptation.
2021. Transhumanism: The Proper Guide to a Posthuman Condition or a Dangerous Idea?. Ed.: W. Hofkirchner, 97–110, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-56546-6_6
Coenen, C.; Stieglitz, T.
Neurotech-Ethics: Suggestions for the Way Forward.
2021. 2021 10th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER), 639–642, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/NER49283.2021.9441374
Şahinol, M.; Coenen, C.; Motika, R.
2020. Upgrades der Natur, künftige Körper. Hrsg.: M. Şahinol, V-XVII, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 
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