The concept of transhumanism has continued to mesmerize many people, and for a good reason. Today more than ever, technology and medical inventions have helped elevate mankind to levels no one would have thought possible some years back. Today, mankind is perfecting the skills of slowing down aging in humans, and even coming up with artificial intelligence.
Below are some of the major ways in which medical technology has helped man to achieve transhumanism brought to you by Andrew Charalambous who is a free thinker.
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Anti aging; today, humans are able to slow down aging significantly and it is likely that as scientists make more discoveries, humans could start living up to 120 years long. Thus aging will be perceived differently, it shall be seen as a condition that can be managed.
Prosthetics; you just need to remember the infamous South African athlete Oscar Pistorius. He had no limbs, but was able to compete at the Olympics and win a gold medal! All thanks to some prosthetic limbs that he had. Prosthetics are also being used to give wounded soldiers a chance to walk again after having their limbs amputated. Likewise, organ transplants have greatly helped humans defy nature by giving patients a second chance to live. Really, the coming years things can only get better; we are looking at an era where mankind will even be able to do a brain transplant, and thus transfer all the faculties and departments of intelligence from one human to another.
Artificial intelligence; this is another interesting medical innovation that is greatly contributing to the achievement of transhumanism. Since intelligence can be inherited, genetic engineers are able to identify and select the specific good strands from one gene, and combine it with others from another pool of genes, to come up with a super intelligent child. Genetic engineers are even able to create a super soldier, tall and strong, with ability to endure much, all thanks to the ability to identify the right genes from the parent’s pool.
Life support machines; who would have thought that in the 21st century, humans would have a machine that would offer “life support” to patients who can’t breathe on their own, or even open their eyes! At the ICU, patients who are in critical conditions can have their lives prolonged, as doctors attempt to bring them back to life.
Transhumanism is all about the possibility of super human beings, with unlimited intelligence, who don’t have to worry about getting old. It’s a concept that is increasingly being proved true, what with the numerous, mind boggling scientific and medical innovations nowadays.
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