Bionic advances raise ethical, political challenges

09/30/2013 | Guardian (London), The

Bertolt Meyer, featured in the British documentary "How to Build a Bionic Man," warned in a talk at London's FutureFest that rapid advances in artificial prostheses and bionic technology raise serious ethical questions for society that should be decided in public debate and by the government, rather than through the laws of supply and demand. Meyer asked what happens when the rich can afford to be artificially enhanced and augmented in ways that give them advantages over the general population and said that some technological advances should not be released to the public without prior ethical review.

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