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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.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Gods and Monsters II -- Human Augmentation for Athletes, Steroid-Based or Otherwise...

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So, Barry Bonds. And, how shall we put it, alternative methods of human enhancement.

Our last article on this subject focused on the apparent genetic augmentation of some German athletes whose coach fell afoul of the World Anti-Doping Agency... and, of course, the implications of genetic augmentation for both athletics and human evolution in general. These are all critical subjects. But it's fascinating to see the steroid accusations against Barry Bonds leading to a broader discussion of just what kinds of augmentation, chemical or otherwise, are wrong, and which, like "modern equipment, workout regimens, and nutritional supplements" are simply good preparation.

The point of this site isn't to argue for a particular position. Rather, I support the idea that the more good information people have, and the more they think about human enhancement, the better the decisions society will make about augmentation issues.

Steroids are an excellent example. I can see why people might want to keep these drugs out of competitions. To the extent they damage the human body, it's understandable that athletes might not want to engage in a chemical competition with people ready to permanently damage their long term health in order to score a few more points.

But will that argument hold in the face of augmentations with no real drawbacks at all? We shall see.


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