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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 17 2013: I'm personally quite fond of the idea.
    It could be the end of old age, disease, and general improvement of the human condition. Honestly, the human body is full of bad engineering that I'd love to have repaired, and that's without getting into adding new abilities.

    The primary concern is that distribution will be limited only to the rich, which will widen the already existing social gaps.
    That's not to say it shouldn't be attempted, the benefits outweigh the risks, it just needs to be handled carefully.

    You wouldn't be able to put much of a lid on it even if you tried though. It'll start off with repairing medical conditions, then the military will start to use to make their healthy soldiers more effective, and eventually it'll trickle down to the rest of the population.
    Some countries would not doubt resist, but they'd eventually relent when they realize they're risking being left behind--the advantages they're passing up on are just too great.
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      Jul 24 2013: In the beginning this will only be available to the rich, as new technologies are very expensive, but just as it cost 10K USD to get your DNA scanned a decade ago, and less then 1K now, I think that the cost of artificial improvements will become cheaper and cheaper.
      As for the military, yes they will most probably adapt this technology, but not before it becomes very cheap. The US military now for example has the ability to provide an armour (dragon scale) to their soldiers which can stop an AK-47 bullet without large injuries to the wearer, yet they don't provide them, as the value of one soldier's life is too insignificant.

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