Have your ever wondered

  • should we fear robots to become sort of terminators in a not too distant future?
  • how far should human inhancement go?
  • what kind of duties do we have towards nature an why?

In the tekethics project, you will get to know background information on these difficult but also fascinating topics and you will be able to discuss these topics with others, moderated by a passionate researcher in this field. Tekethics is an open learning project of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in cooperation with the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome funded by the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU).


The design of the course is a mixture between individual reading session and group discussions, which is open for everybody. All you need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and, of course, a desire to learn. In order to be able to gain the whole learning experience, you will have to register to the discussion forum under community.tuhh.de. However, if you are only interested in the content, you are able to just take part in the reading sessions, without being registered.

For each topic there will be a literature review, including the main sources you should consider in the discussion. Thus it is necessary, that you first get familiar with the content we provide on each topic, before taking part in the discussion.

The course will be rolled out in an open discussion forum, installed at the University of Technology in Hamburg. Thus as mentioned before we need you as active participants reflecting on the topics and contents and trying to take your own stance in the discussion.


The task of this course is to introduce you to the main controversies in contemporary bioethics, especially to those concerning the intersection between ethics and technology. At the end of the course, you will be equipped with the conceptual tools required to understand the main debates in ethics and technology and the most relevant positions in the debate. Hopefully, you will be also able to take your own stance on these subjects.

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