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04 Jul 13 12:59

Thought-provoking for sure - Andy Miah, Director at the Creative Futures Institute and Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies - has an interesting take on human enhancement. Where the question of risk usually focus on "What happens if we go down that road?"... he asks "What happens if we don't?"

He was just yesterday one of the speakers at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue - more about that event here: http://cgd.swissre.com/events/Human_enhancement_technologies_pushing_the_boundaries.html

IF we go down that road, everything changes. We've already taken the first steps in that direction, of course. And if you think of this in terms of longevity - entire nations reaching the ages of 100-150 will become the norm. Personally, I'd say let's not play God. Realistically, I'm saying we already are.


Category: Funding longer lives: Health/medicine


2 Comments

Alicia Montoya - 4 Jul 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Thanks for this Andy and Daniel. I was lucky enough to attend the event and I must say it was one of those really thought-provoking that had several participants saying they were having thoughts they never thought they were capable of and were not entirely comfortable with either!

In my case, I never had issues with human enhancement. I remember wishing I had an implant over a decade ago! I've always loved technology and think we should definitely use it to make our lives better. And I agree with Andy, we SHOULD use it to combat risks we face (and share his curiosity when asking ourselves "what if we don't?").

But the event got me thinking about misuse. What if an evil government or organization got a hold of my chip and could reprogram it at will? On a more serious note, what if only rich people could enhance their families, leaving poor families to compete unfairly (kind of where many sports are today)?

So I guess, like anything, the difficulty will be to regulate without being too intrusive about what constitutes "good enhancement" and what constitutes "misuse".

Alicia Montoya - 4 Jul 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Just came across this example of what I would call "good enhancement": "World’s first telescopic contact lens gives you Superman-like vision"
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160052-worlds-first-telescopic-contact-lens-gives-you-superman-like-vision

Would anybody object to this kind of human enhancement? I imagine, that, other than extreme belief-systems (no need to name any), not many would be against this enhancement, right? So where do we draw the line between good and bad enhancements?


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