"REBOOTING ETHICS: Avoiding ethical missteps slowing down progress"
Bellagio (Come, IT) April 18-22, 2017


Exponentially growing technologies are impacting almost all Rockefeller Foundation’s Focus Areas. In our debate, we will focus on the 12 risks that threaten human civilization, investigating how emerging technologies and multidiscipline endeavors could positively impact the global challenges we are currently facing. Extensive attention will be placed on health and bioengineering. For example, in order to build healthy societies, it is necessary to define the biomedical and technological spectrum and investigate and leverage the merging of fast-moving technologies in the future of health and medicine. How much can we raise the standards or expectations iun improving humankind?


How can we guarantee that these achievements be available to all for a better global society? Another issue could be reprogenetics, the use of reproductive and genetic technologies to select and genetically modify embryos for the purpose of human enhancement. Could it become, if not guided, the new eugenics? Who will control this technology? Should boundaries for this technique be set?


Contemporary techno-optimists reason that NBIC (nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science) should improve human and non-human natures, while techno-skeptics believe that fast-growing technologies are causing irreversible disruptions. This leads to concern over whether humanity will experience a positive outcome from our ever-advancing technologies or whether it will become victim of a future of mechanical humans. Does ethics have a role in the future of work and robotics, in advance health and gene engineering, and in autonomous weapons provided by moral agents?

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