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"Synthetic Living Organisms: Heralds of a Revolution in Technology and Ethics" A presentation by Dr. Michael Levin, Distinguished Professor and Vannevar Bush Professor of Biology, Tufts University
Progress at the intersection of biology, computer science, and cognitive science is revealing the remarkable plasticity of living systems and their interoperability with technology. Synthetic bioengineering enables regenerative medicine, as well as the creation of entirely new living organisms, like "Xenobots." Advances in the field blur the lines between machines and organisms. Emerging questions in bioethics extend well beyond safety-driven limitations on research and ask how we will handle a forthcoming and inevitable plethora of hybrid creatures, which will be unlike us in many ways and have no comfortable place on the phylogenetic tree that guides our policies. Dr. Michael Levin will illustrate that these alien creatures raise profound questions about the fundamental nature of our own bodies and minds, with numerous ethical ramifications.

This presentation is part of "Ethically Speaking: A UCF Interdisciplinary Series on Contemporary Moral Issues."

Oct 12, 2021 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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