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The brave new human? - The technical optimization of man

Ziad Mahayni
Im Mittwochseminar am 17. April spricht Prof. Dr. Ziad Mahayni über die technische Optimierung des Menschen und was Mensch-Sein eigentlich bedeutet.

On April 17, Professor Dr. Ziad Mahayni will describe different ways of understanding "being human" and their consequences in a Wednesday seminar at RWU. He will attempt to discuss whether apparent optimizations really correlate with positive effects for people.

In the digital age, more and more areas of the world are coming under the control of people. People no longer see themselves as something given, but as something that can be shaped through and through. The technologies of synthetic biology and artificial intelligence provide us with the tools to optimize ourselves. However, the cyborgization of humans raises the question of what it actually means to be human and what being good human actually means.

Ziad Mahayni is Professor of Applied Ethics at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Head of the Department of Technology and Science Ethics (rtwe) and host of the podcast "Auf der Kippe - Philosophie für das digitale Zeitalter". He studied chemistry and philosophy at the TU Darmstadt, the Université de Bordeaux and Harvard University and previously taught in the fields of future design and entrepreneurship.


Wednesday seminar at the RWU
"Beautiful new man - the technical optimization of man?"
With: Prof. Dr. Ziad Mahayni
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

18:00 to 19:30

Online event: The lecture will take place online. On the day of the event, a link will be published on the RWU homepage (, which leads directly to the online lecture. Prior registration is not necessary.