Human augmentation is one of the most significant technological trends in the modern world. We are already seeing a wide range of practical applications in all areas of our daily life, such as health and social care, sport, education and transport. Exoskeletons for fires and rescue or organ bioprinting are just a few examples. The expectations of “perfect health”, of “perfect life”, fueled by this “new biotechnological wave”, in fact tend to overshadow the paradox of “a technology that proposes itself as a promoter of human goods (quantitatively extending life, improving qualitatively beauty, strength, intelligence), but which could damage man and society.
Human enhancement consists of a modification aimed at improving human characteristics and capabilities through scientific or technological interventions on the human body, starting from a “condition of integrity” and not from a state of disease. It is therefore necessary to assess whether the enhancement is harmful to human dignity or a useful tool to improve human living conditions. Experimentation is constantly advancing, it pushes towards the unknown, towards apparently dark and obscure places and does not hesitate to encounter obstacles. Therefore, with genetic manipulation and augmentation in general, enormous benefits can be obtained, but at the same time one cannot be sure that such technologies will not fall into the hands of ruthless, unscrupulous people who could give vent, to put it mildly, to their own extravagances. Beyond any possible exploitation, scientific progress is launched at high speed, and if it does not encounter unmotivated moral ideologies on its path, it can be hoped that it will represent the possible solution to the problems that afflict humanity.
Recently Elon Musk, the famous entrepreneur at the head of Tesla and Space-X, revealed that he is working on a “brain chip” that will allow people with paralysis to walk and talk. He said: “I think it will drive you crazy, it’s like a Fitbit in the skull connected with tiny wires.” This news has made many people realize that human enhancement is approaching in great strides, a reality often seen in science fiction films like Ghost In The Shell, Humandroid (Chappie) or Alita: Angel of Battle. A futuristic technology that is rapidly becoming more and more real. And while there continue to be new developments in the field of human enhancement, new research from Kaspersky highlights people’s growing desire to move in this direction.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ashley
    Oct 02, 2021 @ 15:47:41

    Are we really meant to be SUPERhuman?


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