"Khan Noonien Singh. He was the best of the tyrants and the most dangerous. They were supermen in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring."
Captain James T. Kirk
Star Trek, Space Seed
- Adolph Hitler lacked our modern science to create his Master Race. But not to worry. Modern political hacks are making up for lost time.
(London Daily Mail) - Imagine a person who can play tennis like Andy Murray, think like Professor Stephen Hawking and can live to 150 - all in a body that looks and feels like it belongs to a 40-year-old.
With human bioenhancements, this vision of a ‘superhuman’ could become a reality in fewer than a hundred years.
This is according to expert in the social and cultural impacts of technology, Professor Michael Bess, who told MailOnline exactly how he thinks technology will enhance humans in the future.
Human bioenhancement technologies fall into three main categories pharmaceuticals, bioelectronics, and genetics.
We are already using all three to some extent.
|The Army is already building an Iron Man.|
Indestructible soldiers in bio-armor.
You know how that story line is going to turn out for us.
‘Through the use of pharmaceuticals, we are learning how to control our moods, boost our physical and mental performance, increase our longevity and vitality, Professor Bess said.
‘Through the application of prostheses, implants, and other bioelectronic devices, we are not only healing the blind and the paralyzed, but beginning to reconfigure our bodies, enhance our memories, and generate entirely new ways of interacting with machines.
‘Through genetic interventions, we are not only neutralizing certain diseases long thought incurable, but opening up the very real possibility of taking evolution into our own hands – redesigning the human “platform” of body and mind in a thoroughgoing way.’
Professor Bess is chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and author of the book ‘Make Way for the Super Humans’, an in-depth survey of the evolving science of bio-enhancement.
|Created in 1941, the bio-engineered Captain America|
character was ahead of its time. . . and I am sorry
to say science is catching up with fiction.
‘Many people will probably adopt all three of these types of enhancement technologies in order to boost their physical and mental capacities, and they will do so to varying degrees and in all sorts of combinations, leading to a bewilderingly broad array of “superhuman” beings.’
People will be able to connect seamlessly with all manner of computers and robotic machines, he said.
Those who are unable to pay for this kind of technology might have a stark disadvantage, however.
‘I am both excited and frightened at the prospect of such modified humans coming into being,’ Professor Bess said.
Cyborgs, people with both organic and biomechatronic body parts, already exist.
Some of the implants people put in their body have more of an enhancing effect than others.
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