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IEET Enhancement Conf: May 26-28, 2006, Stanford Law School

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  • Hughes, James J.
    Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights May 26-28, 2006 Stanford University Law School, Stanford, California, USA http://ieet.org/HETHR/ Organized
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      "Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights"

      May 26-28, 2006

      Stanford University Law School, Stanford, California, USA


      Organized by: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

      Co-Sponsors: Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, Stanford Center
      for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Program in Ethics in Society

      Some of the people who will be speaking at the HETHR conference:

      - Walter Truett Anderson Ph.D., President, World Academy of Art and
      - Richard Boire J.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Cognitive Liberty and
      - Nick Bostrom Ph.D., Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
      - Katrina Bramstedt Ph.D., Bioethics Dept., Cleveland Clinic Lerner
      College of Medicine
      - Nigel Cameron Ph.D., Director, Center on Nanotechnology and Society
      - Michael Chorost Ph.D., author of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer
      Made Me More Human
      - Laura Colleton J.D., Harvard Divinity School
      - Gregory Fowler Ph.D., Executive Director, GeneForum
      - Henry Greely J.D., Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences,
      Stanford Law School
      - Martin Gunderson Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Macalester College
      - William Hurlbut M.D., Stanford University, President's Council on
      - Ramez Naam, senior engineer, Microsoft, and author of More Than Human
      - Annalee Newitz Ph.D., contributing editor, Wired magazine
      - Christine Peterson, Vice President Foresight Nanotech Institute
      - Martine Rothblatt Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director, Terasem Foundation
      - Anita Silvers Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy, San Francisco State

      For a full list of speakers and abstracts:

      Much of the criticism of enhancement technologies has focused on the
      potential for increased discrimination against women, people of color,
      the poor, the differently enabled, or "unenhanced" humans. Some
      bioethicists have proposed a global treaty to ban enhancement
      technologies as "crimes against humanity."

      Defenders of enhancement argue that the use of biotechnologies is a
      fundamental human right, inseparable from the defense of bodily
      autonomy, reproductive freedom, free expression and cognitive liberty.
      While acknowledging real risks from genetic, prosthetic, and cognitive
      enhancement, defenders of enhancement believe that bans on the
      consensual use of new technologies would be an even greater threat to
      human rights.

      Health care, disability and reproductive rights activists have argued
      that access to technology empowers full and equal participation in
      society. On the same grounds a generalized right to "technological
      empowerment" might connect defenders of enhancement technologies with
      disability activists, reproductive rights activists with would-be
      parents seeking fertility treatments, the transgendered with aesthetic
      body modifiers, drug policy reformers and anti-aging researchers with
      advocates for dignity in dying.

      Yet, what, if any, limits should be considered to human enhancement? On
      what grounds can citizens be prevented from modifying their own genes or
      brains? How far should reproductive rights be extended? Might
      enhancement reduce the diversity of humanity in the name of optimal
      health? Or, conversely, might enhancements inspire such an
      unprecedented diversity of human beings that they strain the limits of
      liberal tolerance and social solidarity? Can we exercise full freedom
      of thought if we can't exercise control over our own brains using safe,
      available technologies? Can we ensure that enhancement technologies are
      safe and equitably distributed? When are regulatory efforts simply
      covert, illiberal value judgments?

      Between the ideological extremes of absolute prohibition and total
      laissez-faire that dominate popular discussions of human enhancement
      there are many competing agendas, hopes and fears. How can the language
      of human rights guide us in framing the critical issues? How will
      enhancement technologies transform the demands we make of human rights?

      With the Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights conference we
      seek to begin a conversation with the human rights community,
      bioethicists, legal scholars, and political activists about the
      relationship of enhancement technologies to human rights, cognitive
      liberty and bodily autonomy. It is time to begin the defense of human
      rights in the era of human enhancement.



      Regular Students
      Before March 1, 2006: $150 $100
      After March 1, 2006: $170 $120
      At the door: $200 $150

      For more information please contact the conference chair:
      James Hughes Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and
      Emerging Technologies, Trinity College, Williams 229B, 300 Summit St.,
      Hartford CT 06106, USA
      director@..., (860) 297-2376
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