Facilitated Workshops exploring publics perceptions of Human Enhancement

#Ethics #Workshop

Series of facilitated workshops using Participatory Design methods to ascertain the response of a non-specialist audience to the development of HEt, driven by the belief that those who are affected by a technology have reason to be involved in its’ design. The workshop methodology looks for consistent responses (if any) when the workshop type, issue addressed, HEt technology, and audience are different, indicating which issues are important to the publics. The four facilitated workshops are developed in response to one, or more, of the issues in the ‘Ethics Grid’ about different speculative HEt from the ‘Body Schematic’ diagram. ​ Analysis of the workshops, individually and then as a group, provided insight into the issues and benefits of HEt as perceived by a variety of publics – recognising that the insights/audiences are potentially biased as the events were predominantly art/science/future themed, and in a Western setting.

Workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

How 'natural' is Human Enhancement? - topics: birth-control, anti-aging, physical enhancement

Workshop at Brave New World conference, The Netherlands

Role playing a future scenario - consider impacts of being enhanced vs un-enhanced.

Workshop at Design Museum, London - Tricky Design Symposium

Vignette and group discussion on ethical design considerations for enhancement

Workshop at Wellcome Collection, London

What is 'normal'? - considering definitions of 'normal' and if they are adequate/relevant.

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