On May 14, 2023, Prof. Fr. Michael Baggot, LC, Chair Research Scholar and Professor of the Faculty of Bioethics, was one of the speakers during the two-days conference “Technology, Art and the Posthuman: The End or a New Beginning for Humanism?” at John Cabot University, Rome.
He presented the following book: Enhancement Fit for Humanity: Perspectives on Emerging Technologies – (routledge.com) This book explores what constitutes an enhancement fit for humanity in the age of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies, and technologies related to the cognitive sciences. It considers the influence of emergent technology upon our understanding of human nature and the impact on future generations. Drawing on the Catholic tradition, in particular, the book gathers international contributions from scientific, philosophical, legal, and religious perspectives. Together they offer a positive step in an ongoing dialogue regarding the promises and perils of emergent technology for man’s integral human development.
On May 12, 2023, Prof. Fr. Michael Baggot, LC, Chair Research Scholar and Professor of the Faculty of Bioethics, was one of the speakers during the Students’ Seminar “Reflecting one the Images of Merciful Jesus According to the Vision of St. Faustina Exhibition at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome.
“The Via Pulchritudinis as a Path of Divine Mercy in the New Evangelization”
A decade of experience guiding curious visitors through the churches and museums of the Eternal City confirms that beauty can pierce the heart and open the mind. The talk will show the intriguing relationship between three themes central to the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II and will encourage listeners to become merciful guides on the way of beauty for those closed to other means of evangelization.
On October the 27th, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD and WFP, the Rome Forum of Catholic-inspired Non-Governmental Organizations, and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, established at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome, organized a day of study to reflect on a topics that are more timely than ever. In conjunction with World Food Day 2022, the event addressed the importance of leaving no one behind and aiming for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, in order to overcome poverty and growing inequalities and put humanity back on a path that takes into account long-term development, inclusive economic growth and the well-being of the planet.
The 21st Summer Course in Bioethics will be held on July 3-7, 2023. The Course “Dialogue, Friendship and Polarization in Bioethics” will be held in Italian and English.
The Course is organized by the Faculty of Bioethics in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established within the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome.
Today we are increasingly witnessing conflicts in the areas of politics, religions, mass media and economics in our globalized reality. These polarizations are also evident in academia in general and in bioethics in particular. This summer course will examine some of the causes of the tensions and offer proposals for solidarity through the lens of the Social Doctrine of the Church and in light of the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti.
Structure of the Course
The Summer Course will analyze some of the theoretical roots of the growing division from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, sociology, and communication sciences. It will also touch on the following issues: intercultural and interreligious dialogue, globalization, human rights, media and fake news, truth and tolerance, and neutrality in the sciences. The Course will also examine how these polarized positions are found in bioethical debates. The Course is structured in lectures, question and answer sessions, seminars, film forums and interactive group activities. The group activities will be reserved only for those on campus.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
– Identify contemporary issues of tensions in bioethics
– Analyze the causes of the tensions and polarizations in bioethics
– Offer for solidarity, dialogue, and social friendship in the field of bioethics
The payment is made once the student has registered and according to the instructions that will be provided by e-mail. Payment can be made by credit card, bank transfer, or at the Athenaeum desk by appointment.
Five sessions (5 days)
Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam
Special Category:Priests, Religious, APRA Bioethics Students, APRA Alumni, PhD in Bioethics, RIU Professors
Five sessions (5 days)
Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam
Thanks to the support of the Farrell Family Foundation, scholarships are available for those who attend on campus. To obtain the scholarship, register by June 4, 2023.
The course will be conducted in Italian, with simultaneous translation into English. The summer course is one of the optional courses of the License in Bioethics and is valid for 1 ECTS for those who attend on campus and take the final exam. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. For other language groups, simultaneous translation will be offered if the number of students is greater than 10.
Mr. Allister Lee, Licentiate Student in Bioethics and Intern at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, gave a talk titled “Love and Sex in the Time of Robots: The Ethical Impact of AI Robots on Human Relationships” at the University of Hong Kong.
Artificial intelligence scholar David Levy declares in his seminal work Love and Sex with Robots that in the near, post-human future, not only will sexual relations with robots be normalised, but it will also be more prevalent to human-to-human sex. Will this be humanity’s (for the lack of a better term) new reality? Current developments in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence have proved Levy’s prediction increasingly probable with Elon Musk’s most recent introduction of Optimus and Hanson Robotic’s Sophia. This progress towards a post-human, AI-inclusive society is also highlighted by intriguing accounts of a man marrying a hologram which raises the question of the social role that AI robots have in society, are they simply tools to complete menial tasks or are they entitled to participate in wider social activities. This talk will outline the current discussion regarding the AI robots and its influence on societal norms and structures. Furthermore, it will expound on AI’s potential affective capabilities and its consequent practical impact on gender division, legal status of robots, and the concept of marriage.
Mr. Allister Lee is currently a licentiate student in bioethics in the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. In tandem with his licentiate degree, he is completing a research internship with the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights. He received his first-class honour undergraduate degree in Nursing Studies from the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests focus on artificial intelligence, genome editing and clinical ethics.