Economic Inequality and Human Enhancement Technology

Humana.Mente: Journal of Philosophical Studies. 2014;7(26)

 

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Journal Title: Humana.Mente: Journal of Philosophical Studies

ISSN: 1972-1293 (Online)

Publisher: Associazione Culturale Humana.Mente

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Philosophy (General)

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: Italian, English

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AUTHORS

Fox Swindells (University of Canterbury at Christchurch, New Zealand)

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Blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Human Enhancement Technology ranges from the commonplace, such as education, to the futuristic, with possible future developments including genetic modification or direct computer-brain interfaces. Public policies governing the supply of these technologies have the potential to greatly increase or mitigate economic inequality. Due to this potential harm, many have suggested prohibition of further developments of enhancement technologies. However, prohibition would in ineffective at preventing this harm and also would also prevent many positive aspects of enhancement technologies. On the other hand, due to the expected benefits, many have suggested allowing access and development within a free-market system. However, this has the potential to increase inequality beyond acceptable levels. Consequently, Government policies must provide appropriate funding and regulation in order for these technologies to be distributed fairly to provide the most benefits and prevent the worst outcomes.