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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.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Plastic Surgery in All Its Glory -- Bio

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Well, this is creepy. No, not the face transplant story which I'll address in a moment, but this story about leaking silicone gel implants.
Mentor Corp., which hopes to win Food and Drug Administration approval soon to sell its silicone-gel breast implants for general cosmetic use, faced a problem last year as it prepared to distribute to doctors the demonstration models that prospective customers would try on for size: The implants sometimes left behind an unsettling slick of silicone oil.

Faced with this potential marketing disaster, the company had its engineers come up with an improved plug that greatly reduced the level of leakage -- didn't stop it, mind you, but reduced it. They then modified the try out samples... but left the actual implants that go into people's bodies untouched.

Needless to say, the revelation of this detail has not been a propaganda coup for Mentor Corp.

Regarding the French woman whose face was recently restored through the world's first facial transplant, she seems to be doing well and yes, based upon the description of her situation, she did indeed need this operation, just to get along. My best wishes are with her tonight. Let's hope she does well, despite whatever controversy arises from the fact that her face came from a brain dead woman (a remarkable match, the article notes) and that she was injected with stem cells to reduce tissue rejection.

Her only statement upon seeing her face? A written note. "Merci."


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