The central issue I wish to address with my overall research is the tension between the high desirability and extreme risks of using technology to improve fundamental human traits (i.e., human enhancement). I focused on the long-term risks of improving human moral dispositions and, given the desirability of improving our moral failings, on developing guidelines to avoid those risks. I intend to develop further on those practical guidelines, and to expand my research on long-term risks to other forms of human enhancement.
I am currently a doctoral student in Applied Ethics under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu, who directs the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. I completed a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in applied ethics at the University of Sao Paulo in 2014, where I also obtained my Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in 2011. In my MPhil dissertation, I focused on the use of technology to alter fundamental human traits such as intelligence, long-term memory and social preferences. My nearly finished doctoral thesis focuses on the use of technology in attempt to improve moral dispositions.
Fabiano, Joao & Sandberg, Anders. (2017). Modeling the Social Dynamics of Moral Enhancement: Social Strategies Sold Over the Counter and the Stability of Society. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 26(3), 431-445. doi:10.1017/S0963180116001109
Fabiano, Joao. (2013) “Humble Primary Intensions: Fixing Two-Dimensional Semantics.” Analysis and Metaphysics, Volume 12, 2013, pp. 105–115.