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Future Imperative

What if technology were being developed that could enhance your mind or body to extraordinary or even superhuman levels -- and some of these tools were already here? Wouldn't you be curious?

Actually, some are here. But human enhancement is an incredibly broad and compartmentalized field. We’re often unaware of what’s right next door. This site reviews resources and ideas from across the field and makes it easy for readers to find exactly the information they're most interested in.

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The future is coming fast, and it's no longer possible to ignore how rapidly the world is changing. As the old order changes -- or more frequently crumbles altogether -- I offer a perspective on how we can transform ourselves in turn... for the better. Nothing on this site is intended as legal, financial or medical advice. Indeed, much of what I discuss amounts to possibilities rather than certainties, in an ever-changing present and an ever-uncertain future.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Gene Therapy -- Man Into Superman? -- Bio

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Here's an article from the Washington Post on gene therapy (you may have to register to open this one). In short, scientists and "bio-ethicists" are still debating whether or not it's right to enhance human athletic abilities with technology ostensibly designed to alleviate medical problems.

Personally, I think such debates dodge the larger question: Once we can safely enhance the natural muscular strength (or health, or cardio-vascular endurance, or memory, or basic intelligence) of every human being, should we do so? And if so, should we do it for everybody? (Or everyone who wants it?)

Here's another article from Betterhumans.Com addressing the same issue of athletic "gene-doping."


Future Imperative

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