Building A Better Human: The Future Of Human Augmentation

human augmentation technologyBetter, stronger, faster. As long as there have been humans, there have been dreams of super humans. Today the line between technology and biology is blurring, and the idea of building better humans, through the use of technology, has evolved. And, with recent advances in technology, the ability to vastly enhance human capabilities is right around the corner.

The end of disability? Immunity to HIV/AIDS? Flawless memory? Enhanced vision? Superior physiological performance?

These are some of the scenarios that could happen in the near future; all thanks to bio technology. To a certain degree, as Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist, argues that we are all cyborgs; in a way, machines help us become better by co-creating with us.

Hence, we are entering the next phase of Human Augmentation, and in today’s episode of The Big Bang podcast we discuss the big question: “What is the future of human physical enhancement?”

The video game Call of Duty Black Ops III gives us a peek into what could be the future of human physical enhancement :

We discussed the following questions on this episode :

  • Is using technology to better ourselves just a natural part of our evolution?
  • What should we expect from the future of human ability?
  • Will we be smarter and healthier in the future?
  • What kind of superpowers will be radically useful in the future?
  • How concerned should we be about depending on these technologies to be better humans?
  • Will people be discriminated for not being augmented?

What do you think is the future of human augmentation?

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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.