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Rethinking human enhancement as collective welfarism

Human enhancement technologies are opening tremendous opportunities but also challenges to the core of what it means to be human. We argue that the goal of human enhancement should be to enhance quality of life and well-being not only of individuals but also of the communities they inhabit.

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The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities is supported by a Wellcome Centre Grant (203132/Z/16/Z). J.S., through his involvement with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, received funding through from the Victorian State Government through the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) Program. D.B. thanks the Brocher Foundation. S.S. thanks the Branco Weiss Fellowship of the Society in Science. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

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Bavelier, D., Savulescu, J., Fried, L.P. et al. Rethinking human enhancement as collective welfarism. Nat Hum Behav 3, 204–206 (2019).

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