reply to post by MathematicalPhysicist
I'll grant the artificial augmentation and manipulation for customized willful advancement beyond the 'gravity well' of natural selection.
That's the escape velocity I was referring to.
Currently, however, as far as genetic manipulation goes; designer babies, etc., genetic tinkering with the human genome for a bigger, better, smarter,
faster, prettier, more resilient, more adaptable longer-lived you is a big No-no.
There's laws against the GATTACA goal.
The overly superstitious clinging to the apron strings of some hoodoo mythology or another sling terms like "playing god" around more than our
closest primate relatives fling poo.
... and these backward, superstitious are in the majority as well as holding stock in positions of power everywhere.
Inheritable trans or meta-human augments will not come out of any developed first world region. If that ever happens, we'll likely see it coming out
of the outlaw regimes that don't play by the same rules.
Mechanical augmentation through the assistance of tech-singularity when/if that ever happens will have a higher likelihood of occurring.
There is, of course, the Herbert paradigm (from Frank Herbert's Dune series) where tech singularity is concerned involving thinking machines being
outlawed for fear of biological extinction through either gradualism, or outright hostile takeover.
There are, of course, altruistic views of a technological future aplenty. I rater enjoy the concept of The Culture dreamed up and illustrated by Iain
M. Banks in his novels.
For the majority, however, what are you going to use all that extra cognitive horsepower for?
Your brain, right now, isn't too far different from the greatest brains that have made the most startling impacts on human history. It's all really
a matter of discipline, focus, drive, education, application of education, and varying degrees of creativity.
Right now, the technology at your fingertips, in your pocket, what you're using directly at this moment has thousands of times, tens of thousands of
times, or millions of times MORE processing power than the entirety of the US Space program combined up to at least 1980.
And what are you using it for?
The vast majority of people are using all that amazing processing power to moo and bahh their domestic animal bleats and grunts at all the other
domesticated animals in their local herd, to post pictures and videos of other animals, either themselves, or cats, doing things of amusing value.
Certainly there's a specific specialized calling in some fields for the ability to think faster, deeper, longer term on larger scales, but, a large
majority of the social mediocrity wouldn't know what to do with increased intelligence if it was just handed to them.
As stated, the modern brain of the everyday man and women isn't that far different than any other brain that's made impressive marks on human
history. Yet, many (in civilized first world nations) don't even bother to attempt advancing themselves beyond required schooling.
All that thinking is just too hard.
Going to University is just too much work and trouble.
Sure, there are those among us that hold up and advance the margins.
The larger part, however, are making do treading water and playing the consumer, relying more and more on the easy button supplied by smarter
technologies, and developing a stronger sense of entitlement as each generation is birthed into existence.
We're closing on a fulcrum point.
There's hope for the artificial advancement of the species, but, at the same time, the teeming masses of willfully and in some cases militantly
mediocre may pull us back down into the slime by dead weight alone.