a reply to: GreenElf
I have a friend who has an implant which interferes with pain signals, sent from his lumbar region, to his brain. He had a herniated disk, which was
then operated on, and a failed epidural injection subsequent to that, which was done incorrectly. Damaged caused during that episode of his life,
meant that the hospital offered to fast track him into an experimental program to have this device fitted to mitigate the painful sensations that he
was left with.
The device is entirely contained within his body, with the implant itself being wired to an area close to his spine, and connected to something very
similar to an induction charging pad. This pad inside of him, sits somewhere around his abdomen and charges from another pad like device which gets
laid over the surface of the skin, directly over the internal pad. The external pad is powered by a battery pack, which in turn is charged from the
The devices settings were developed over time, in collaboration between my friend, and the consultants who fitted it, to optimise the amount of
relief the signal jamming was giving him, by providing him with ideally tweaked modulation options.
Before he had the implant installed, he could barely walk without crying, and could not get comfortable anywhere. He was on so many opioids, just to
be able to move around AT ALL, that he was virtually drooling for the majority of the time, barely awake, and even at his most wakeful, largely
ignorant of things going on around him.
These days he is up and about, has gotten into longboarding, playing his bass guitar again and back practicing with his band, and so on. In short, he
is living a normal life, other than the fact that he has to charge himself up occasionally of course. He has reclaimed his humanity, not lost it, and
as long as this is the extent of the transhumanism that we see, as long as people use technological adaptations of their bodies to positive effect,
then I fail to see what the problem would be with that.
However, when we start to see weaponised humans, with cybernetic implantations made to their structures which would increase their lethality to a
degree impossible for an unaugmented human, or people who have implanted hardware, software, or God help us Wetware upgrades to themselves in order to
turn themselves into mobile identity theft devices, or even worse, altered their neural network infrastructure to the degree that they can not only
access the net directly with their minds, but BE accessed FROM the net and used like a flesh puppet... That is a stage in this process which needs to
be defended against in my opinion.
Technologies which give people their lives back, these are obviously positive, and we should CLAMOUR for more of them! But in terms of the
potentially negative connotations associated with the idea of augmented humans, there must be certain limits placed upon what technology can be
developed, and for what purpose.