Transhumanism and Human Enhancement Technologies Essay

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Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Ethical issues of human enhancement technologies: Cyborg technology as the extension of human biology
Ivana Greguric

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Human enhancement technologies

Cyborg technology as the extension of human biology

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Ivana Greguric
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Visoka poslovna sˇkola Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Received 21 October 2013
Revised 7 January 2014
Accepted 8 January 2014

Abstract
Purpose – This paper aims to focus on the modern development of bionics and linking new technologies with the human nervous system or other biological systems that cause changes of the human biological structure.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a discursive evaluation of technological progress and new systems where computers and machines integrate, making a single matrix entity – the cyborg. Here fundamental questions arise, such as what it means to be human and what is (descriptive aspect) and what should be (normative aspect) a human being?
Findings – The paper argues for the value of twenty-first century human enhancement techniques and other emerging technologies that promised to “help” humans become “more than human”, trying to create human beings with greatly enhanced abilities, to improve human mental and physical characteristics and…