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AHEAD: watch live from 6 p.m .: Artificial organs to extend life?

“Would you like to use technologies such as artificial blood or synthetic organs to artificially lengthen your own life?”: In a recent survey by the Civey Institute, almost 43 percent of the 2,500 respondents answered this question with a “yes” or “rather.” Yes”. But 38 percent strongly oppose this. Almost 19 percent are undecided. This shows that technology in the health sector is quite advanced – but the population is not yet. What does this mean for research in health care. And what does that say about the values ​​of our society? These questions are the focus of the third installment in the series of events “AHEAD: watch live” of Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is realized in cooperation with Heise Medien.

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), member of the German Ethics Council and chairman of the BMBF future group.

In “VORAUS: schau live”, experts from science and industry will look at the world of tomorrow from a future-oriented, sustainable and solution-oriented perspective over the next twelve months. The aim of the foresight should be to set the right course in order to meet future challenges at an early stage and to take advantage of opportunities. The livestream for the new episode will be on Wednesday, October 27th, from 6 p.m. on Website of the BMBF available, participation is open to everyone and free of charge. In addition, the live stream can be followed online here at heise.

Sivert von Saldern, expert for foresight and member of the BMBF future office.

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, expert for technology assessment from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and member of the German Ethics Council, gives insights and assessments of (research) trends in the field of health. As chairman of the BMBF future group, Grunwald supports the ministry with advice on future trends and thus participates in the ministry’s strategic foresight. Sivert von Saldern, expert for foresight and member of the BMBF Future Office, is at his side.

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Another point of discussion will be: What level of health awareness is still healthy at all? A representative opinion poll by the Institute Civey (also on behalf of the BMBF) showed: Almost 50 percent of Germans think that the current widespread focus on health will lead to a “self-optimization mania”.

Dr. Jo Schilling from the innovation magazine MIT Technology Review will moderate the Q&A event. Schilling studied chemistry and decided against research and journalism after completing her doctorate. She worked as a freelance science journalist for many years before joining Heise Medien.

Three more episodes of “VORAUS: schau live” are planned until June 2022. (jle)

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