The Ethics of Human Enhancements




10:30 am

12:00 pm

A Part of Theme:

Humans & Machines


Gene Manipulation, Biology, Ethics, Humanity, Moral

New scientific advancements, such as the gene editing discovery CRISPR-Cas9, show that humanity is about to enter an enhancement revolution where one can choose to manipulate biology at will. While this could be beneficial when applied to illnesses or disabilities, the idea of a trans-human era presents us with a moral dilemma regarding manipulations beyond health issues and the limitations of medicine. With the possibility of social injustices such as class differences and financial inequality tainting the world of gene editing, we might be faced with the quality of our bodies becoming the new class markers. What ethical framework should humanity apply in this context? Is our morality challenged when we “play God“ by genetically improving humanity?


Christiana Chae

Design Manager on the AI New X Team at Facebook

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