Human Augmentation Institute

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The Human Augmentation Institute (HAI) is an organization founded to uphold bodily autonomy and ensure than any efforts in human augmentation are done ethically, safely, and responsibly.



The Institute plans to focus on five main initiatives:

1) CODE OF ETHICS - The institute will adopt a Code of Ethics to promote ethical, safe, and responsible human augmentation. This Code of Ethics will be created and sourced with the help and involvement of the human augmentation community and trained experts from relevant fields.

2) STANDARDS AND PRACTICES - The institute will make available documentation on safe materials handling, laboratory safety guidelines, informed consent, research practices, and more. This documentation will be created and sourced with the help and involvement of the human augmentation community and trained experts from relevant fields.

3) ADVOCACY - The institute will engage the public, regulatory agencies, governments, and other stakeholders in conversations around human augmentation. Our goal is to promote human augmentation literacy, increase transparency, and avoid unjust policy and regulation.

4) RESOURCES - The institute will maintain a database of experts from relevant fields, such as bioethics, medicine, materials science, and law, that are willing to provide information and advice to those working within the field of human augmentation.

5) PUBLIC & MEDIA RELATIONS - The institute will be a point of contact between members of the media and public and those working within the field of human augmentation. We will promote the success of those working within the field of human augmentation, provide interviews and media resources, clarify messaging, and facilitate conversation where necessary.

WHAT HAI IS NOT
- The institute is not an oversight committee and is not a judicial body. The institute does not enforce rules or regulations on any outside entities or individuals.
- The institute is not a licensing or accreditation organization.


Our work in these initiative areas will develop over time, but we are starting with Initiative #1 - the Code of Ethics. A draft of the Code of Ethics can be found here - https://bit.ly/AugEthics. This Code was originally based on the ones that came out of the DIYbio congresses in 2011 and was amended through the input of community members including Alex Pearlman (bioethicist, journalist), Ryan O’Shea (Future Grind), Amanda Plimpton (Biohack.me, Livestock Labs), Trevor Goodman (BDYHAX), Jacob Boss (academic), Tim Cannon (Livestock Labs, Grindhouse Wetware), and others.

While this draft Code of Ethics was already crafted with community input, it will be open to an additional 30 day comment period, after which time a virtual community gathering will be held to discuss, approve, and formally adopt the first version of the Code of Ethics, which will be a living document.

TO PROVIDE COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT CODE OF ETHICS, FILL OUT THIS FORM - https://forms.gle/mDu13eQg7eifddgv9

Questions? Contact us at AugmentationInstitute@gmail.org

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