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Promises and perils of emerging technologies for human condition

Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries

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Edited By Peter Sýkora

Emerging technologies are defined as fast-growing radically novel technologies with an estimated prominent impact on human society in the future. The ambiguity and uncertainty of emerging technologies at the same time raise techno-optimistic expectations, as well as serious worries about possible unwanted and unpredicted negative consequences following their introduction into wider practice. And because of their radical novelty, emerging technologies also challenge various traditional philosophical and ethical concepts, established risk assessment methods, science and technology governance and policies, science to public communication and practices within and outside the medical domain. The aim of this volume is to present the view of ten authors from four postcommunist Central and East European countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Latvia) on emerging technologies and human enhancement. They analyse the topic from various perspectives: anthropological, ethical, philosophical, ontological, empirical, and legal. A variety of views will contribute to a development of the discourse on technology assessment in their countries, help to make the process of national policy and law formation more active and less “mimetic”, and open the national discourses to international discussion and critical analysis.

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List of Contributors

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Gabriel Bianchi, Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Andrzej Girdwoyń, MJur, Center for Bioethics and Biolaw, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Josef Kuře, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Juraj Odorčák, Juraj Odorčák, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Applied Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia

Ivars Neiders, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Rīga, Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia

Miroslav Popper, Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Emil Višňovský, Professor, Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Joanna Różyńska, PhD, Center for Bioethics and Biolaw, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Peter Sýkora, Professor, Centre for Bioethics, Department of Philosophy and Applied Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia

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