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  • R H
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States


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How do you think the future of Tech will affect us socially?

Genetically farmed replacement humans, bio-tissue enhancement, personality download, sperm & egg marketing, customized children. These, and many, many more technological advancements are possibly on our horizon (all of my examples are related to genetically enhanced humans - but please offer more examples if you have them - related directly to 'human' or not). Here are some suggested questions to consider, but by no means the only ones: What will be the social ramifications of such development? How will we define what it means to be human? Have 'rights'? What is 'ownership'? What is 'a product'? Who is liable? My main reference points were The World Future Society and Peter Diamandis. As we struggle with the ancient problems of equality in goods distribution, exploitation, and cultural differences, how will such advances in tech either compound our considerations or help 'pave the way' towards more enlightened humanity? These are just suggested points to consider regarding the future impact of tech enhancement on us as people and society. Let your real opinions wander...


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    Jun 13 2013: Try reading "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "Our Posthuman Future" by Francis Fukuyama.

    Political and moral implications of biotechnology.
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      Jun 14 2013: Thanks Michael for responding, but what those authors think (or 'thought') are in the public domain (I'm familiar with their works), and if they would like to update their opinion they're welcome to respond (although one is dead). I would like to know what you think - if you should be so inclined to offer an opinion.

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