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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 16 2013: Its has affected us already. You can check these very compelling talks by Juan Enriquez (my all time favorite in TED):
    http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html?quote=438
    http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html
    And you may buy this TED book from Amazon ( I did and benefited).
    http://www.amazon.com/Evolutis-Kindle-Single-Books-ebook/dp/B004KSREFC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
    Juan argues that we are already speciating into Homo Evolutis (in a directed evolution) under the influence of technology.
    If 200 years into future we are no more enough human, it will be pointless asking what will happen to the humans.
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      Jun 20 2013: Thanks for the compelling argument. I am somewhat familiar with this point of view. Steven Spielberg even did a movie called 'AI' with the same premise - where we replace ourselves with 'superior tech' versions and are extinct. I then reflect back to our previous 'visions of the future'. How well did our 'HG Wells' vision compare with the resulting development? I would say that much of the development was unpredictable. Therefore I would hope that our current 'social' technology and our 'psychology of survival' will develop in ways currently unforeseen too. Thanks again.
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        Jun 20 2013: You have a point. If someone as ordinary like me can appreciate Juan's argument, it is highly probable that it will also be noticed by technological gurus. In fact I have a feeling that reverse engineering is taking us more towards a biological model than a machinist one. This coupled with innovations in the field of extreme energy efficiency and decentralized generation of power may help us avoid the cyborg doom. Or at lest it will not be as grim as I think.
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          Jun 20 2013: or, you and Juan could be right. In the early part of the last century there were worldwide protests against capitalistic greed - Marxism and socialism followed. Before that aristocratic greed. Since then we had the 60's with capitalistic combined with military greed. Now were concerned with technological greed under the umbrella of capitalistic/military greed. Is there a common human thread here?
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        Jun 20 2013: I counted at least 4 references of greed in your comment :) So there is not much left for imagination about the common thread. Human mind works in weird ways, RH. When I was young, I got a fat amount of money from my employer on account of pay revision and I was being very happy about it. A senior colleague called me to side and said, 'Why are you so excited? Everybody got that, right? You can only jump with joy when you get a fat sum of money and nobody else gets it.'
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          Jun 20 2013: Oh man. Reminds me of the old joke: When told at the bank he/she was out of money, they replied "How can I be out of money? I still have checks in my checkbook!"

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