Thursday, September 10, 2009

Is Human Enhancement Always a Good Idea?

Shaun Saunders sends in a thought provoking article / opEd, from Time online / health sciences. The brunt of the article asks the straight forward question - in light of the fact that:
  • Modern science already offers ways to enhance your mood, sex drive, athletic performance, concentration levels and overall health. But is such medically driven self-improvement always a good idea?
The question is posited by Nick Bostrom, the director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University - Bostrom believes it's time to open the ethical debate surrounding human enhancement.

Be it medical, genetic or bio-tech - given that this technology will continue to grow and to improve, and who amongst us has not read the stories of run away mods taken to such a level that one finally questions the humanity of the person availing themselves of it.

The q&a in this article is facinating and well worth your time reading. It certainly will get you thinking and it might change your mind....

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