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originally posted by: rickymouse
I just cant understand the direction medical science is headed in
What is wrong with people?
originally posted by: boohoo
There will be no issues with immunorejection in the future.
But how and why, you ask?
Because by the time this "head transplant" tech is ready for "prime time" they will have everyone's DNA on file and will be able to determine the percent chance of immunorejection amongst the general population. The R&D cost for developing "cloning tech" also won't be an issue, because it will be cheaper to "body snatch" somebody poor, whom is a "perfect match" for the rich person in need of transplanting their head. Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov did this with dogs in the 1950's and they lived for a couple of months, imagine what they can do now. This tech is mostly likely already here and working just fine.
So, imagine a world with no middle class, laws geared toward the rich, with functions of governance supported by a police state, with the healthcare industry as an almighty overseer. Its my understanding that we don't own our DNA profiles and have no claim to any discoveries made or profits earned by using our individual biological material.
With that in mind, is it so far fetched ,to think such a policy will someday include having no rights to our bodies as well?
Of course it will.
Here is a quote from Patricia Scripko, a neurologist at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in California, she said: “If a head transplant were ever to take place, it would be very rare. It's not going to happen because someone says 'I'm getting older, I'm arthritic, maybe I should get a body that works better and looks better.’”
Since the rich don't need regular people anymore for "labor" and have no desire to pay us for our work and advancing AI tech soon doing most of the labor, whats left for regular people to do?
We will be the "body farm" for rich people needing "head transplants" and our filed away DNA profile will tell them EXACTLY whom will be the "best match" at any given time. This DNA will also tell then whom will be the most healthy donors, with the least inherited health problems.
Also don't think the courts will be providing any "due process" if "head transplants" becomes a real thing.
For example, lets say that someone like Mark Zuckerberg needs a head transplant in 2055, when this tech has fully matured and the United States also has the DNA of every citizen on file and YOU happen to be the best DNA match for Mark's head. Do you believe they will "ask your permission" to donate your body, for HIS need?
Of course they won't They will jail you on trumped up charges and will have laws in the future that will eliminate your right to deny such uses of your body. You will be turned into a ward of the state, at their discretion, to use as they please. Mark Zuckerberg's life to the state and corporate America is worth FAR, FAR, more than any of us, so we will be expendable and used as a self-supporting, "body farm", WAITING, until the need to extend his life and/or others like him.
originally posted by: pl3bscheese
So you could take your DNA and throw it in artificial womb, nurture as your child for a couple of decades. Drug up your younger self, insert your head on his body, and keep on keepin on?
originally posted by: boohoo
That's going to be expensive, will have public outcry/backlash and possibly will be/is against law, BUT taking people, already here, with the "right" DNA traits and then stripping them of their freedom, so they can become "body donors", THAT WILL BE PERFECTLY LEGAL.