Human Augmentation™

Timo
July 25th 2011

As a gamer, I come across many visions of possible futures. But this trailer from the upcoming video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third part in the Deus Ex series shocked me with its convincing message.

Prosthetic limbs have been perfected, and in this world people are exchanging their completely functional limbs for better and improved parts. But what are the dangers of doing this? Except for the many ethical questions it proposes, it also lays our humanity in the hands of corporations. What if, just as the trailer suggests, we need to take drugs to keep our bodies from rejecting the augmentations? Will we start to despise those who give up their organic 'parts' for better ones? Or look up to them?

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2 comments

natinja
Posted 26/07/2011 – 17:16

This video sounds convincing because it uses the typical TED format to programme its audience. Just close your eyes and listen to the segments where the actors deliver their science-turned-wrong lines, the impersonation is nearly perfect.

natinja
Posted 26/07/2011 – 17:03

The evidences from the Game Arthritis study (http://gamearthritis.org/) make me think that gamers are the most susceptible to adopt human augmentation en masse.

What is your view on the coronavirus?


Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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