Archive for March, 2011

EU Etica – Ethical evaluation

Ethics in Science and New Technologies

Because ICT implants in the human body go along with the tendency to commercialize the human body and treat humans as objects or as biomechanical platform, implants are considered as a potential threat to human dignity in some contexts.

This document deals with the evaluation of More >

Human Body Area Network

A Body Area Network (BAN), Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) or Body sensor network (BSN) are terms used to describe the application of wearable computing devices.[1][2][3] This will enable wireless communication between several miniaturized Body Sensor Units (BSU) and a single Body Central Unit (BCU) worn at the human body.[4][5] The development of WBAN More >

Robots Get Closer to Humans-2005 IEEE International Conference

Ethical issues involved in hybrid bionicsystems research

2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

“What kind of privacy safeguards are needed if a machine can read your thoughts”?

“Invasive research on humans could involve inhuman or degrading procedures” “Invasive research on humans could lead to new torture or inhumane punishment techniques”

Will More >

Bioelectronics and Implanted Devices

Chapter 12

Bioelectronics and Implanted Devices

Ellen M. McGee

12.1 IntroductionThe future may well involve the emergence of humans who are fundamentally coupled with bioelectronic devices, science fiction’s “cyborgs.” Revolutions in semiconductor devices, cognitive science, bioelectronics, nanotechnology and applied neural control technologies are facilitating breakthroughs in hybrids of humans and machines. The More >

Nanotechnology: Shaping Our Future. “Biotechnology’s opportunities and problems”, Editors: Ulf Gorman, Carl-Gustaf Andrén and Goran Hermerén

Google Översättning från svenska till engelska

Bengt Kasemo

History, motivations, trends, opportunities and problems


Many scientists believe that within the next 20 years will experience rapid and sensitive community development in three mutually interacting areas: The first, which is based on silicon technology, information technology.

It has already had an impact on our daily More >

Uppsala University, research in bioethics

Uppsala University, research in bioethics

Bioethics deals with norms and value conflicts in health care and life science research. Issues covered are such priorities in health care, informed consent, neurobiological explanations of human consciousness, animal welfare and the use of biotechnology. The subject deals with philosophical, theological, legal and social More >

EU – Commission Ethical Aspects of ICT Implants in the Human Body

The following text is an extract from the

European Group on Ethics and New Technologies with the Swedish Professor Goran Hermerén as chairman, adopted and delivered to the EU-Commission 16th of  March 2005.


Brain-computer interface (BCI) or direct brain control: the technologies involved above are communication technologies: they take information from the brain and More >