The following article was written by Claire Maldarelli and was published by Popular Science last December 6, 2019.
In it, Maldareli discusses the six ways that technology can already modify and augment the human body.
- Altering genes through CRISPR
- Hearing color through a technology called Eyeborg
- Curing cancers through the CAR-T therapy
- Opening doors using RFID.
- Sensing fields through a tiny magnet on the fingertips.
- Replacing limbs through osseointegration which enables prosthetics to adapt and grow as the body grows.
Editor’s Note: As these new technologies become more available to the general public, we will soon be faced with an important question: what does it mean to be human? How much augmentation can a person undergo before they are no longer considered human? [Also read WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN IN THE FACE OF GENE EDITING?].
We also wonder whether proponents of these technologies have actually conducted risk-benefit analyses. For example, we know that gene editing is not as harmless as they want us to believe [see STUDY: GENE EDITING NOT AS HARMLESS AS YOU THINK].
What risks do the other technologies present? We hope that governments would step up, not just the regulatory standards, but also in monitoring the possible impact of these technologies on our communities.
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