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Brage Gording

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Technology becoming part of people, and artificially bettering ourselves

If at some point in the future we develop the technology to significantly improve our lives, such as increased mental capacity, endurance, sensory information, etc. should we take the leap, or do we risk losing what makes us human in the first place?
Genetic modifications of humans could also factor into this, as it is a means of artificially advancing ourselvs.


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    Jul 18 2013: There are many implications of cybernetics. Such robotic prosthetic organs already are in the making. An economist article talked about the creation of a functioning organs, in which the robotic organs were able to pump "blood" and digest food. This could be the future of organ replacement.

    Some of my peers, in my own conversation on the topic, talked about how price would reduce once the patents wore off.

    My question is, what is the demand for survival? It is human nature to do whatever it takes to survive. Along with the fact that, the high level of expertise required to do these surgeries would increase the price of these surgeries. Medical doctors would have to flood into the market and became surgeons, allowing the competition to reduce the price.

    In the united states, in almost every industry we have an oligopoly, a few large companies that control the industry via "choke points." What makes us think that the same won't happen for these robotic organs?

    With this being said, this gives these organizations complete control over the prices and lives of the population. The allocation will go to the people that can afford these robotic organs, which could allow these people to live...potentially forever.

    Population overgrowth already being an issue, we must consider the implications that could be caused by these inventions both socioeconomically and resources allocation wise.
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      Jul 24 2013: This is of course a legitimate concern, yet I prefer to focus on the positive aspects, such as sick people becoming healthier, blind parent being able see their kids for the first time, etc. There are always dangers associated with advances in science and technology, the atomic bomb being a prime example, yet I believe that this is merely a fault of our nature to dominate others, and that once we can overcome this instinct, we will live in a much better world, which technology helped to create.

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