What percent of a person will have to be “human” to maintain
the rights of a human being? At what point is someone “dehumanized”?
Will prosthetics be considered a part of the natural
evolution of man, or something that is no longer human?
Will special laws have to be made to govern those with
Doctors will have to weigh the costs and benefits of these
implants against the surgical and long-term risks.
The government is aware that advances in technology hold great promise for
individuals in our society with some of the greatest need, but there is also
In 2001 The National Bioethics Advisory
commission urged new federal legislation creating a single National Office
for Human Research Oversight.
Regulatory bodies will have to be
developed to oversee that guidelines are followed regarding the research,
development and implementation of technologies such as the one we propose.