The AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute is an initiative of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, started in 2015 in honor of CEO Emeritus Alan I. Leshner, who founded the Center.
Each year, a cohort of 15 AAAS Leshner Fellows from an area of research at the nexus of science and society will convene for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and public engagement plan development.
AAAS Leshner Fellows will return to their institutions with a renewed commitment to develop and implement public engagement activities, train and mentor other scientists in their communities, and promote public engagement within their institutions.
Human Enhancement is the topic for the 2019-2020 cohort of AAAS Leshner Fellows.
Human enhancement, also referred to as medical augmentation, refers to any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means. This includes, but is not limited to using pharmaceuticals, surgery, or other kinds of medical technology to cure or control illnesses and/or enhance, or improve, human capacities and characteristics. The expression “human enhancement technologies” is sometimes synonymous with emerging technologies or converging technologies.
Human enhancement, to an extent, is already standard practice. Examples of existing augmentations or enhancements are: artificial hips, heart pacemakers, breast implants, spine screws, rods and artificial discs, intra-uterine devices, coronary stents, ear tubes, artificial eye lenses, and powered exoskeletons. As technology continues to advance, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and cognitive science will allow human beings to transcend the limitations of the human body.
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