“As long as man has roamed this world, we’ve sought and invented new means to augment our minds and bodies. Evolution is painstakingly slow, but in our DNA is writ of imagination and the will to be smarter, better, faster, stronger. Man has learned to define its own evolution by building. And the most elemental of the things we build are our tools.” from the article ‘We Are What We Use’ – Ryan Block
Man’s long standing relationship with technology has been an attempt to transform not only our lives but ourselves, our very being. We envied the birds so we built machines to help us fly to break the speed barrier and to enter the void of space,
The human body is a remarkable work of natural engineering. But for all its grace and sophistication like all things, it decays with time and through the trials and tribulations of life, it can be broken. With a mix of medical and technological advancements, a great change is coming.
Human enhancement refers to any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means. The term is sometimes applied to the use of technological means to select or alter human characteristics and capacities, whether or not the alteration results in characteristics and capacities that lie beyond the existing human range.
Human Augmentation is already here, and the future of what is possible with human body is almost limitless.
As it happens, most of us have been alive to witness the single greatest revolution and expansion of individual capabilities man has ever known. Not even twenty years ago it was still unclear the role technology would play in our personal lives — or if it would play one at all. After all, the “personal” in your personal computer was in reference to the fact that it didn’t need to be housed in a university’s mainframe complex. Otherwise there was simply nothing personal or individual about it. Everything has changed, and is continue to change in the most subtle of ways.
We are becoming something more..
At some point within our life time it is theorized that we will cause our next evolutionary leap.
Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
On the other hand, what Transhumanism heralds is the point at which the current model of humanity becomes obsolete.
This Brave new world poses problems.
However, with this leap will come problems and that is of those we leave behind. Unfortunately access to technology is always been a case of wealth disparity. For those who are in the working class section of society, these technologies will be a barrier to entry into our new society. These technological augmentations will make those on the upper strata of society physically faster, stronger, smarter and more mentally agile. This would lead to an ever greater stratification of wealth as these advantages will make it so those who can not afford these augmentations can not compete with those who do.
Even in today’s world, technology is already creating a gap and that gap is growing. Those who have access to computers at a young age surrounded by the wares and devices are granted an edge in today’s tech and I.T focused world.
Into the great unknown.
Humans are physiologically well-adapted to life on Earth. Consequently, space-flight has many negative effects on the body. The most significant adverse effects of long-term weightlessness are muscle atrophy and deterioration of the skeleton (space-flight osteopenia). Other significant effects include a slowing of cardiovascular system functions, decreased production of red blood cells, balance disorders, and a weakening of the immune system. Lesser symptoms include fluid redistribution (causing the “moon-face” appearance typical in pictures of astronauts experiencing weightlessness), loss of body mass, nasal congestion, sleep disturbance, and excess flatulence. Most of these effects begin to reverse quickly upon return to Earth.
The engineering problems associated with leaving Earth and developing space propulsion systems have been examined for over a century, and millions of man-hours of research have been spent on them.
What Transhumanism does give us a species is the ability to venture deeper into the deepest recesses of space. The vast distances of our cosmos have not only limited our aspirations in terms of speed, but its effects on our current fragile bodies. A new kind of human will however have the capacity to endure the immense distances and gruelling void of interstellar travel. Our newly designed bodies will have nothing to fear from the bone degredating effects of zero-gravity or the harmful radiation of nearby stars. This could be a great step in our final frontier.
The Human Revolution.
For the first time in our history we will be the force driving our own evolution, we have become more connected in our lives as the power and the ubiquity of internet has freed us from the binds of information restrictions . We have used the net to connect to our external tools and made the net and all its machinations a part of us. And finally in the logical next step, we change our bodies to better incorporate these technologies. There will be obstacles and gulfs to bridge, but this progress can bring us endless possibilities.
We can change positively, what it means to be Human.This series of blogs was inspired by Deus EX: Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal (check it out if you get the chance). As you can see from our stories, we believe positive evolution is the progress of global culture, environmental awareness and action, collective intelligence, disruptive policy, innovative technology, life-saving science, conflict resolution and above all, kindness. If you are inspired by the stories you read here, we urge you to click on the peace button and donate some change to a charity of your choice. Let’s accelerate the positive progress of people kind.