Oh Lord, please let this post be short, as I need to read those Constrained Delaunay Tetrahedralisation papers…
So here it goes. Years ago I watched a documentary on TV, featuring Kevin Warwick. A professor in Reading University and a leading researcher in the field of cybernetics, he “upgraded” himself by implanting an electronic device to his arm, to connect his nervous system to the internet so that he could control a robot in Reading University, UK from Columbia University, NY, USA. This is pretty much a pioneering step towards what we call transhumanism. I am not keen of covering the concept here, so interested readers are referred to this Wikipedia article. The idea is to extend the physical capabilities of human, while eradicating its negative traits.
I myself have been fascinated in futurism in general since I was a kid. My parents would buy me Doraemon comics, from which I also grew some interest towards robotics and Jejepangan. (😆 )
Now. As perfect as what religions tell how humans are, I have a kind of differing view. It is that not all human traits are worth pertained. And from this view, we can also use technology in electronics, biology and chemistry not only to help disabled people, but also to enhance our bodies in general. And based on the idea of materialism, everything in the world is composed of matters (at least matters are what we have in this world; whether the 3D body is a mere avatar of our higher-dimensional existence is beyond context), so by conducting a thorough study, we can also modify our natural characteristics. Imagine seeing a tireless person who can run 100 m in 8.72 s on a daily basis, and also a society with no sign of procrastination and laziness, thus achieving a super efficient bureaucracy. Are you not fascinated with this kind of idea?
I don’t know what this might bring though. The view I mentioned is more on the optimistic side. Among the many criticisms, I foresee the gruesome experience of seeing inhumane successors might be disturbing and unethical.
So how? I myself, as a self-proclaimed futurist, would like to see our body enhanced through the means of technology, so that we could do more things than what we can do now, but the modification might be somewhat guided. Regulating human modification institutions, maybe?
And one question remains. Are you willing to sacrifice what we currently call components of humanity, of course including ineffectiveness, “only” to attain an effective society?
Picture of Motoko Kusanagi is from http://www.comicbookmovie.com/
Side quest: there is an easter egg here.