What are the prospects in biomedical technology

The call for ethics can be heard everywhere. In view of the major challenges posed by technological developments in the healthcare sector, this is not surprising, because ethics are generally associated with orientation. But what orientation can ethics give in this case and what ethics are needed to discuss the necessary questions and to take appropriate steps?
Do we need more ethics in the field of research and development for biomedical engineering? Isn't it a dilemma of ethics that it either comes too late, that it delivers ethical assessments for technical developments that are already established and can hardly be corrected, let alone retrievable? On the other hand, 'prospective' ethics can easily be accused of being alarmist or system-stabilizing, of being dubious and unnecessary in any case, because they speculate about possibilities and either downplay or exaggerate the problems.
One more question would be who is calling for (more) ethics at all? Anyone who calls for ethics is easily suspected of engaging in a diversionary maneuver in order to avoid painful political questions or - hardly better - to make the respective system even more efficient. So ethics finds itself in the precarious situation of serving as a fig leaf for a technical-economic development, which is thus, as it were, approved. Conversely, ethics that ask insistently and possibly even ask the 'system question' are in danger of being ineffective as a desk discipline that is alien to life. An ethic that engages in the depths of practical projects and everyday research and development work will not come out of this process without "dirty hands" (Celikates 2011). But what does this mean for technological processes, for ethics as a discipline and for social development?
In view of the eminent developments in the biomedical-technical field - the main drivers of progress are biomolecularization, miniaturization, personalization, computerization and networking - this new volume in the Health Academy series provides ethical reflections on the basis of these developments, which explain the significance and implications of these reflexively catching up with complex, pervasive and ubiquitous technical worlds for the self-image of people and their actions.
For this purpose, after introductory considerations from a technical and ethical perspective, the first part presents ethical and anthropological challenges based on selected medical technology developments.
The second part offers perspectives from the fields of law, economics and humanities disciplines with a direct reference to the development or use of biomedical technology.
The third part reflects on selected medical and information technology applications and the associated ethical aspects. On the one hand, the selection made here strives for a certain representativeness of the topics, but at the same time makes it clear how necessary a differentiated and specifically working ethic is.
The fourth part looks at the various forms of institutionalization that have meanwhile been achieved in ethics with reference to biomedical technology and asks from here about possible further developments.
In the Contrapunctus, the topic is illuminated again from a completely different angle in a tried and tested manner.

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