There is much to be said about giving up the flesh for machine parts or even DNA matched Bioware parts. We won’t necessarily become more “perfect”, but we can most certainly become better. The issues comes in the problem of ‘being human’. If you are ‘borged out so much that a 1/3rd or more of your body is mechanical, does that make you any less of a human?
We are alrrwady flirting with these ideas as wounded soldiers are getting better and more efficient prosthetics as technology advances allow. We’ve even seen an olympic athlete with prostheitc limbs. That doesn’t mean that , as of now, they have an advantage over unaltered humans due to the constraints of the human body mechanics and muscle strain. It just means that humans can adapt very well to most differentiation and situations.
As we leave the flesh behind more and more, allowing for our brains to be downloaded and backed up, for our bones to be made of dense metals, and our muscles to be carbon fiber weaving… where does this leave our ‘humanity’? What exactly is it that makes us human?
Caring for another?
Defining the humanity isn’t as simple as it could be, so there will most definitely be blurred lines for transhumanism. Is there really much of a difference between going to the doctor for a well check up or your mechanic because you need a fluid change?
In the early days of the internet, how many people had the forethought vision of us being online from the palm of our hands anywhere?
It was the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. A PDA wasn’t very well known in the early and mid 90s. The idea that we would have computing power that far surpassed NASAs early probes at our fingertips while walking down the street or during a meal at our favorite restaurant was a pipedream and wishful thinking.
Now look at us. We are all interconnected in ways that we take for granted. Where will be in 20, 40, 60 years???
There is no limit to those that dream.
~Harbinger Owl of Syn