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It's not QUITE that simple......
Originally posted by sardion2000
Remind me again what cloning has to offer us again? And I mean cloning full people not tissue/organ cloning which can be done completely seperately from cloning a full human being.
How about something as simple as the ability to see IR and UV rays,[edit on 19-10-2005 by Toelint]
Originally posted by Astronomer68
Shadow88, I'm not sure I even agree withthe title of this thread. I think it is far more likely in the near term that electronics implants will become more and more widespread. Both implants and genetic modifications are certain to happen just as fast as the technology is developed--and it doesn't matter one whit whether the Prsident, or Congress, or AMA, or whatever other group says its bad, it will happen anyway. The real question is whether the changes will be legal or illegal. That may sound like a frivilous matter, but it will become tremendously important in time. The types and extent of human modifications could be more or less synchronized throughout the human population if they are legal, but if they are deemed to be illegal then there will essentially be no controls on what directions such modifications take and that would be bad. We could end up changing ourselves into multiple different species if we are not careful.
We have met the Borg and they are us!!!
[edit on 19-10-2005 by Astronomer68]
Originally posted by Toelint
One point you missed though, is that HEALTHY people tend to shy away from going under the knife for such things.
Sure-sure, you'll always have advancments in such areas as Cosmetic Surgery...but when it comes to implants that actually improve your life, it's usually to replace parts that are worn out, in the autumn of the patient's life.
Originally posted by sardion2000
On a slightly related note what do you all think of NBIC Convergence(The convergence of nanoscience, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science).
Originally posted by Frosty
If mankind's future lies within genetic engineering, it must lie within physics first. Quantum engneering and the infinitely smaller in order to achieve immortality must come from research. But who other than a university is going to fund any of this?
No one really wants to waste their time with science. Mankind's future lies really with creating a new stock and new commercial to advertise your brokerage agency. Like the one with TD Waterhouse and the guy from L&O. Worst commercials on the planet, but they seem to work.
You don't see a whole lot of commercials putting an emphasis on science, maybe a few, but none that encourage anyone to go out an start reasearching or get a degree.
One Last rout is the law of unintended consequences where a treatment for say Muscle Dystrophy is created and works on both MD patients and Healthy patients, after the initial success happened (eg Growing muslce without exersize) a whole new class of performance enhancing drugs was created. That's how genetic doping was born and analyst's expect them to have a HUGE initial showing at the Beijing Games because they are undetecable.
Complexity is another question. If there is simple life, is the emergence of complex life likely or unlikely? Also, for post-human evolution; if humans ever head beyond the Earth and establish independent communities, how quickly will those communities diverge so that they're no longer human? I think it wouldn't take very long, using modern genetics, and they would be likely to adapt themselves to the alien and hostile environment.