Human Enhancement Research, Scientists & Journals. What are the best articles, journals (3x) and meetings (9x) on human enhancement science? This article dives into human enhancement as a field of research itself.

By the way, I have written an extensive article about human enhancement, and also about technologies (like genetic modification and drugs), examples, ethics, debate, books and movies.

In this article I write about these topics:


Journals human enhancement (3x)

What are the best scientific journals about human enhancement?

PS. I also have written an extensive article about the best books on human enhancement.

And what about the best articles? Of course, it depends on which subtopic or area you are focusing on. Based on the number of citations in Google Scholar, this is the top 3:

  • Article Ethical issues in human enhancement by Bostrom and Roache;
  • Article Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers by Allhof e.o.
  • Article Moral Status and Human Enhancement by Buchanan.

If you are missing a journal or an article, leave a comment or send me a message! 📩


Human Enhancement meetings (9x)

What are international meetings on human enhancement? There a couple of seminars and conferences that I attended, as a speaker or as an attendee.

  • Conference Augmented Human: scientific gathering on augmenting human capabilities;
  • Conference Augmented Humans: enhance human capabilities and focus on societal change;
  • Conference Beyond Humanism: focus on philosophical and ethical themes;
  • Conference Brave New World: interesting mixture with scientists, artists and writers;
  • Conference Biohacker Summit: pretty broad, also about improving one’s lifestyle;
  • Conference CRISPRcon: about genetic engineering;
  • Conference BDYHAX: open meeting with a hacker culture (conference is currently on pause)
  • Conference Undoing Aging: scientific congress about increasing longevity;
  • Symposium on Health Aging: European gathering about increasing lifespan.

If you organize a conference, symposium or meeting about (research on) human enhancement, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article.


Projects

What are relevant projects in this domain?

SIENNA Project

One of the themes of the SIENNA Project is human enhancement. The other themes are robotics and AI, and genomics and genetics. The SIENNA project has received funding by the European Union and is co-ordinated by the University of Twente (Netherlands) and Trilateral Research (United Kingdom).

The goal of the project is to conduct an ethical, legal and social analysis.

Short video about the Sienna Project

Other projects worth mentioning are:

  • Human Enhancement and Work by the Royal Society (United Kingdom);
  • Scientific Responsibility Human Rights Law by the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (United States).

Both projects have been completed. By the way, if you are missing relevant projects: let me know!


Scientists

What are the best know scientists on the area of human enhancement?

  • Julian Savulescu
  • Nick Bostrom
  • Anders Sandberg

Some of these scientists, like Bostrom and Sandberg, are also associated with the field of transhumanism.

Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu is an Australian philosopher and bioethicist. He is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom).

He is a former editor and board member of the Journal of Medical Ethics (one of the journals I mentioned before). In addition to his background in applied ethics and philosophy, he also has a background in medicine.

In 2019 I interviewed Julian Savulescu for my Youtube Channel:

My interview with Julian Savulescu

Nick Bostrom

The Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom was among the most prominent members of the transhumanist movement. He was the founder of the World Transhumanist Association, an association that has meanwhile merged with Humanity Plus. Bostrom is currently director of the Future of Humanity Institute, an institution affiliated with the University of Oxford in England [link below].

I firmly believe in the general principle of promoting human capabilities

Nick Bostrom

Nowadays he hardly associates himself with transhumanism and focuses primarily on the development and risks of artificial intelligence. In How to be a Machine he tells Mark O’Connel: ‘I firmly believe in the general principle of promoting human capabilities. But with the movement itself I don’t have much left. In transhumanism, technology is thus praised to heavens.’

In particular, the surrender to technology seems to be against him. In his book Superintelligence and in his work in Oxford, he advocates measures to prevent technology from sending us, as humanity, in the wrong direction.

Nick Bostrom

Anders Sandberg

The Swede Anders Sandberg is a writer, researcher and a convinced transhumanist [link below]. He did a PhD research on digitally simulating the brain at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

He is currently affiliated with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford in England. He researches radical methods to improve cognition, neuroethics, mind uploading and the life of humanity in space.

Anders Sandberg

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Reading list

I wrote these related articles about human enhancement:

These are relevant books:

  • Book How to be a machine
  • Book The Ethics of human enhancement

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