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Your thoughts on improving the human body with technology
Posted 12/30/12
I dont really care about improving my body much, i dont do anything that requires me to improve it so im fine with it. I would love it if they made technology to improve the mind though, they say studying improves it but it just hurts it more, I could really use some technology for my brain.as for whether humans can do it or not, im sure one day they could, i dont see it happening soon though
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Posted 1/1/13
People are asking to be controlled by shady people...just look at the world around you and you don't tell me there isn't many wealthy people with alot of power and control lust who want to use this to control people in a very uncivil vile way....more or less a slave who cannot fight back, saying they would use this to heal is a front when RDIF chips are very real and would help many factions of criminals easy ways to kidnapp people and government cronies using this to extort people even worse than they already are...we are not a very mature race to think in these terms yet.. We kinda have to get rid of the trouble makers and all the idiots they influence first..before a mature discussion like this can take place....a nice dream thou...but if it happens a nightmare is surely to follow.
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We will never get to the point of transferring human consciousness. A human is a whole unit mind and body. Chemical balances, past experiences, scars, vision, all these things make a person who they are. As such, even if the data could be transferred, it would be a replica and simulation and not the original person.

I think people forget the horrible downside that such technology would create. If augmented by technology, a person becomes completely dependent to those who control the technology and services (this is shown in both Deus Ex and Ghost in the Shell, though most people ignore the message because of the flashyness of it). For example, my nephew has a pace maker (at age 8) because of a medical condition. He will now need surgery every few years for the rest of his life. The pacemaker can be adjusted and he may one day have the ability to take manual control of his heart rate (a handy trick) but he will never join the military, never be a star athlete, and never live far away from medical facilities. A natural, healthy body will heal itself, but an augmented one means that you have to pay doctors and technicians just to stay alive (metal and plastic don't regenerate themselves). A few months back a flood destroyed a hard disc manufacturing company's factory and the price of computer hard drives tripled. If you had an augmented body, your very life would be controlled by market forces. If a factory workers in China go on strike, an augmented person could be crippled or die. If the technician/doctor for your brand of implants is on vacation, too bad. Add to the fact that as the natural components age, there would be a constant need for resizing and adjusting the implants.

The human body is a wonderful machine. There are athletes, martial artists, performers and others who have honed their bodies into fantastic tools which can stay awake long periods, survive great damage, move heavy objects or balance on a dime. Properly trained, the human body can do almost everything that sci-fi shows depict augmented people doing -- it just takes a lot more time and effort. Augmentation is a fantasy (which may become real) to get the benefits without the effort. Augmentations are the sci-fi equivalent of diet pills.

Still, I think ghost-in-the-shell or Deus Ex type modifications have their place. I already have some injuries and surgeries which will prevent my body from ever being 100% natural again anyway, so I wouldn't mind getting some of the benefits that sci-fi style augmentation could bring (but I fully acknowledge the pain in the butt maintenance would be). For the injured, for the disabled, for those in specific hazardous professions, these types of body modification could be extremely useful. Certainly if such modifications were available on the market some people would get them, probably on par with or slightly more than currently get cosmetic surgery. I don't think that there would be any more public outcry over it than breast implants (until a cyborg crushes people randomly in a movie theater and the government tries to make your very body illegal).
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Posted 1/1/13
If you've ever seen the anime Texhnolyze... well you know how that ends.
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IRON MAN ALL THE WAY ~
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I'm looking forward to it. I do think our genetic coding has enough information to help us in most cases though. I will find it interesting though maybe fun. "cybernetic implants or transferring human consciousness into data format, thus human computers, robots, what have you" sounds awesome to me so I'm up for it
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Posted 1/1/13
Technology has it's merits. If it can overtake the function of some faulty part of our bodies -- a broken leg replaced with a robotic one, or even a simple pacemaker -- then by all means, utilize it. But it scares me a bit. Technology is made to be controlled, and if someone other than you finds out a way to control part of your own body... Well... That's uncomfortable.

I absolutely draw the line at transferring the human conscious. Improving yourself is one thing, but absolutely removing yourself? That is all sorts of wrong. If you take the "human" out of "humanity", what do you have left? How would such a transfer alter our conscious? What damage would there be? What limits could you place on something so limitless? How could people abuse it?

Too many possible pitfalls. Too many questions. I demand more certainty. What is certain, is that I am perfectly comfortable being 100% natural human.
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