Transhumanism and governance: A possible connection between genetic engineering and cybernetics
In recent months, the development of technologies that could be used to edit the human genome has increasingly sparked bioethical debates over the question of how these methods ought to be regulated. However, some scholars argue that there is sufficient demand for disease prevention or trait selection to ensure that research into human germline editing will continue regardless of whether any binding regulations are implemented. Therefore, normative deliberations should additionally be informed through descriptive ethics methods of consumers’ values and preferences in this debate. We will present the foundation of a pilot project aimed at assessing stakeholder’s values regarding germline editing. It will be an interesting opportunity to engage with scholars in cybernetics to see whether this type of questioning and methodology are also proposed in their research field.