Sometimes innovations do not work out as expected or intended, with the inevitable consequences. People have long been afraid of this, as the 200-year-old novel Frankenstein demonstrates. The responsibility of the designer will be discussed during a world lecture on 14 March.
The world lecture is part of science week Life, in which the main question ‘What is life?’ is discussed. One of the keynote speakers is science journalist Philip Ball. He wrote several books about science and philosophy, of which Unnatural: The heretical idea of making people. During the world lecture Philip Ball presents his view on the legacy of Frankenstein and the consequences for current science. Thereafter, Philip Brey will discuss the origin of our hopes and fears regarding artificial life. Philip Brey is professor philosophy of technology at the University of Twente and scientific director of the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology.
Curious how Wageningen scientists view the risks associated with their research? Read more about the Frankensteins of WUR at Resource.