Brain Repair and the Near Future of Death James J. Hughes Ph.D. Author Citizen Cyborg Executive Director, World Transhumanist Association & Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Public Policy Studies, Trinity College, Hartford CT
Greg Pence , author Who is a Afraid of Human Cloning?
Greg Stock , author of Redesigning Humans
Religious Right (Schiavo) and Kassites polarizing, scaring bioethicists
Forced to defend autonomy & technology against religious thuggery and nonsense yuck factor arguments
Arthur Caplan : “…enhancing intelligence or changing personality or modifying our memory, maybe that should be available to everyone as a guarantee of equal opportunity.”
Tech Spurs Ethical Change “ Animal” personhood Humanzees Status of post-humans Genetic enhancement Status of brain damaged Brain repair Status of embryos, fetuses NICU/Artificial Womb Ethical Challenge Technology
The pronouncement of death is thus an arbitrary (if admittedly very practical) medical and legal construct, which amounts to a statement saying in effect: ‘Your affliction has exceeded our current level of medical skill and we are currently powerless to restore you to function; therefore we give up.
How much info can be lost before we, and the law, consider the reconstituted mind a new person?
Alcor on Information Loss
...even if today's patients do make it there, it is possible (and with sub-optimal suspension even likely) that they will wake with varying degrees of amnesia. In particularly bad cases, cell and tissue repair technology might only result in revival of a biological twin of the suspended patient.