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Biological transmutation and the fruits of that being used pragmatically in some way.
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that full dive stuff from SAO. how cool would it be to game like that.


as long as doesn't include the brain microwave or similar feature i would like that as well most likely
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Immortality.
Chances of it happening aren't impossible


You really want to be immortal, huh?


of course!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3G9LOJZTmM


That ain't no reason to accept death :D


I think people mix-up immortality and invincibility a little. To never die of age would be wonderful, to have the time to achieve all you want out of life and choose when to end it would be very nice. To be invincible and be forced to live an infinite billions of years would be a nightmare.
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Ryulightorb wrote:


Axiarus wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:

Immortality.
Chances of it happening aren't impossible


You really want to be immortal, huh?


of course!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3G9LOJZTmM


That ain't no reason to accept death :D


I think people mix-up immortality and invincibility a little. To never die of age would be wonderful, to have the time to achieve all you want out of life and choose when to end it would be very nice. To be invincible and be forced to live an infinite billions of years would be a nightmare.


To some it would be but i would personally go for that even if it is torture because death is infinitely worse imo.
i would rather i go insane.
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I'd have to say any kind of medical breakthrough, such as finally finding a cure for cancer. Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


They are doing more than just mosquito eradication with CRISPR


Do share. What else are they doing? I imagine some scientist are toying with the idea of biological warfare.

If you could provide any links, that would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to read up on the topic.


There is an awesome Radiolab podcast on the subject. Very interesting stuff.

radiolab.org

This genetic manipulation can create designer babies, such as specifying eye color, height, hair color. It can create new species (pigs with wings), revive old species (mammoths).

As far as humans though, it seems it has already been outlawed here in the states. The logic being that a fetus can not choose any changes as those changes will continue with their children and the children after and so on and so forth.

They are able to target genes that cause deformations and disorders in patients and removing then rewriting the genetic code with normal genes.

It's all great research and can create enormous advances in science but it can also go terribly wrong as well.



I hope designer babies are a thing in my lifetime i might actually have kids then.
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a brain scanner that can tell you whats wrong in your head. no more of this 'shoot in the dark' perscriptions.
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a brain scanner that can tell you whats wrong in your head. no more of this 'shoot in the dark' perscriptions.


There are actually getting close to doing that. More studies and research it can be done.
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gl0ckc0ma wrote:


There is an awesome Radiolab podcast on the subject. Very interesting stuff.

radiolab.org

This genetic manipulation can create designer babies, such as specifying eye color, height, hair color. It can create new species (pigs with wings), revive old species (mammoths).

As far as humans though, it seems it has already been outlawed here in the states. The logic being that a fetus can not choose any changes as those changes will continue with their children and the children after and so on and so forth.

They are able to target genes that cause deformations and disorders in patients and removing then rewriting the genetic code with normal genes.

It's all great research and can create enormous advances in science but it can also go terribly wrong as well.


Alright, thank you for sharing. I'll go search for a podcast about the topic.

Interesting stuff right there. Now that you brought all that up, I do remember coming across that a time or two (the designer babies and the attempts to revive a species).

I know what you mean.
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Ryulightorb wrote:

Some of the posts here are likely to happen in our lifetime especially ones with cybernetics and life extension

Indeed, I've been watching the development of medical cybernetics quite closely; prosthetic limbs are already exceeding the capabilities of organic limbs in many areas. I think we will see cybernetics become mainstream in the next few decades. It's simply a question of when that certain 'tipping point' is reached, when perfectly healthy people choose to amputate their original organic limbs for superior cybernetic prosthetics.


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ironh19 wrote:

that full dive stuff from SAO. how cool would it be to game like that.


as long as doesn't include the brain microwave or similar feature i would like that as well most likely

Meh, SAO’s 'you die in the real world' penalty was simply overkill. Whereas .hack reveals, dying in the physical world is far from the worst fate that can await you in a VRMMORPG... Not that the risk of such dangers would ever stop me from wanting to play a real version of .hack's The World.

Because I'm a serious advocate of VR technology. I see VR as the next level in gaming, with the power to transform all of society as a whole. Just imagine, being fully-immersed in the limitless data of the internet like never before!

First I got a Gear VR prototype for my Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Now I have PlayStation VR for my PlayStation 4. When VR breaks into mainstream I'm going to be ready.
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As far as humans though, it seems it has already been outlawed here in the states. The logic being that a fetus can not choose any changes as those changes will continue with their children and the children after and so on and so forth.



I never understood the whole reluctance to genetically modify humans, we've been doing with animals for decades now. And if half the things they say about CRISPR are true it could mean the next step in human evolution will be a big one. Honestly I think humanity has gone as far as nature will allow. I say we take our destiny in our own hands.
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As far as humans though, it seems it has already been outlawed here in the states. The logic being that a fetus can not choose any changes as those changes will continue with their children and the children after and so on and so forth.



I never understood the whole reluctance to genetically modify humans, we've been doing with animals for decades now. And if half the things they say about CRISPR are true it could mean the next step in human evolution will be a big one. Honestly I think humanity has gone as far as nature will allow. I say we take our destiny in our own hands.


I hear you, but no one knows the ramifications for future generations since the manipulations will continue forever in future generations. Once a genome is mdified there is no going back.

We still need a lot of research to be compiled before we move on to human experimentation.

The Chinese have already been caught testing on human fetus and it caused an uproar in the biological science community. I am sure it hasnt stopped em.

I am sure it will happen, I remember when invitrofertilization first came about (test tube babies) and it was like we were slapping god in the face to some people, but now its a common practice. I would say let it take its course and not rush things but hey thats just my humble opinion.
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I want to see is scientific inquiry taking presidence over blind belief. That's not too much to ask for, right?
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Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but wouldn't eradicating them completely cause some sort of environmental issue? I know that most insects, plants and animals serve a purpose in the environment, and if you take one thing away it can cause problems in another area, like causing an animal population to explode or something like that. I thought that I had read somewhere at some point that mosquitoes were needed for something in the environment or it could cause issues.
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Meh, SAO’s 'you die in the real world' penalty was simply overkill. Whereas .hack reveals, dying in the physical world is far from the worst fate that can await you in a VRMMORPG... Not that the risk of such dangers would ever stop me from wanting to play a real version of .hack's The World.

Because I'm a serious advocate of VR technology. I see VR as the next level in gaming, with the power to transform all of society as a whole. Just imagine, being fully-immersed in the limitless data of the internet like never before!

First I got a Gear VR prototype for my Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Now I have PlayStation VR for my PlayStation 4. When VR breaks into mainstream I'm going to be ready.


I love you for mentioning .hack. My all time favorite anime/gaming/manga series. And you're certainly right that .hack had far worse fates in it that could happen in and out of a VRMMORPG than SAO shows. I'd love to play in The World if it were real. There was a mobile game or something like that of The World in Japan at one point. I don't know if it's still going on or not though.

And if we hadn't had .hack before we probably wouldn't have SAO now, seeing as how it was sort of a precursor series in what happened in it and in it's popularity to how SAO is now. I'm not saying that it's the same series, as it clearly isn't, just that I see a lot of inspiration in SAO from .hack.
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