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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.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Man into Supermouse... -- Bio, Long

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Just in case the point hasn't slipped past with the elegant subtlety of a flourescent bulldozer in a china shop, yes, the longevity-boosted mice in this Washington Post article were in fact genetically modified.

Yes, I repeat, we now have a blatant germline modification in mice that we pretty well know how to apply to humans.* Prospective parents could no doubt now choose to have their children's genes modified in order to gain a substantial advantage (a roughly 20 to 30% increase in lifespan) over unmodified humans.

It is now possible to make a "superior human being"... at least in that one respect.

Welcome to the future.


* Note: Further research _is_ required to weigh side effects in humans, such as insulin production. But this is a pretty darned staggering thing to have passed unmentioned, even in circles where human augmentation is often discussed. Imagine if it had no drawbacks and we gave this modification to every unborn child on Earth.

Future Imperative

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