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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.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Human Potential and How to Transcend It -- Plan, Self, Soc

This website is for people who are interested in the idea of being exceptional, or a genius, or even “superhuman.”

Why would anyone want to be “more than human”? To transcend the accepted physical and mental limitations of the average person? Perhaps a better question would be, “Why not?”

The desire to run faster, see further and know and understand more and more is as natural as any child. But somewhere along the course of our lives too many people lose interest in having an extraordinary life. Instead we settle into what is safe, or comfortable, or just “getting by.”

This site shares a wide spectrum of ideas and information about humanity’s potential to become far, far more than most people would even dream is possible. This blog differs from many sources that touch on this subject, however. The field of human enhancement is so extensive that people are often focused narrowly on their own work. Or failing that, on their field and maybe one or two others.

So if you search the Internet for information on extraordinary human potential, you will typically find bionics/cybernetics close to artificial intelligence, but separated from genetic engineering or nootropic “smart drugs.” People interested in improving themselves through cybernetic enhancements often ignore the potential of genetic modification and pharmaceuticals, not to mention prosaic methods like diet and exercise. And sites examining all of the above methods are often completely unaware of the amazing work going on with accelerated learning and intelligence-enhancement techniques. Meanwhile, martial arts, among the most accepted methods for improving human mental and physical capabilities, gets to languish in its own little subculture, as do hobbies like bodybuilding.

The point of this site isn’t to tell you which of the above paths is going to be best for you, or even whether you want to begin this journey of radical personal development. Or how far you might wish to go.

The point of this site is to give you access to valuable information on how you can potentially make your mind, your body and your life vastly better – using technologies that may be right around the corner, and more than a few that are already here.

I believe the future can be shaped, for good or ill, by the conscious decisions of individuals. We can choose to be all that we can, or, by failing to choose, decide to be something… less.

This site is all about those decisions. Please enjoy.


Future Imperative

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