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Human enhancement technologies and the future of consumer well-being

Abstract : Purpose The purpose of this paper is to propose a conceptual framework that highlights transhumanism’s ideals of achieving superintelligence, super longevity and super well-being through human enhancement technologies (HET) and their relations with services marketing principles. Design/methodology/approach Framed by the transformative service research (TSR), this conceptual work articulates the 7Ps of the marketing mix with four macro-factors that create tensions at both the marketplace and consumer levels. Findings HET has potential for doing good but also tremendous bad; greater attention is needed from services marketing researchers especially in one proprietary research area: bioethics. Research limitations/implications The authors contribute to the growing work on TSR investigating how the interplay between service providers and consumers affects the well-being of both. Additionally, the authors call for novel interdisciplinary work in transhuman services research. Originality/value To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is one of the first papers in services marketing research to explore the promises and perils of transhumanism ideals and human enhancement technologies.
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Vitor Lima, Russell Belk. Human enhancement technologies and the future of consumer well-being. Journal of Services Marketing, 2022, ⟨10.1108/JSM-09-2021-0363⟩. ⟨hal-03690478⟩



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