Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Oct 2017 00:55 UTC
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Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species. The #Bdyhax Conference, which took place in a downtown exhibition complex, promised a front-row insight into the coming "singularity" - that nirvana foretold by science fiction in which biology and technology would fuse and revolutionise human capability and experience.

The headline acts of the conference were mostly bodyhackers - DIY experimenters who, in their basements and garages, seek to enhance their own flesh and blood with biometric implants and cognitive enablers. These brave pioneers were extending their senses, overcoming physical limitation, Dan-Daring themselves and the rest of us into the future.

This will only get more advanced as the years go by. For now, actual technological augmentations and implants are mostly reserved for people who actually need them - things like prosthetic legs or a pacemaker - but eventually, we'll start to develop augmentations to enhance the senses or abilities of the human body for people who are otherwise healthy.

Your body, your rules, but scary nonetheless.

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Evolution is over
by CaptainN- on Tue 31st Oct 2017 05:25 UTC
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Let's get ready for intelligent design - or at least guided progression. Natural selection will still occur, but the speed at which we'll design our future biological generations (or program them, or both), will easily out pace natural evolution.

If it means no more problems like EDS and Celiac and Donald Trump I'm all for it!

I remember watching Gatica, and thinking - boy life must be great for basically everyone else in that world! And the main character's life didn't turn out so bad either.

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RE: Evolution is over
by lighans on Tue 31st Oct 2017 08:48 in reply to "Evolution is over"
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2006-01-14

Evolution is a (mostly) slow process, where subtle and careful selection occurs.

the danger of this fast "evolution" is unthoughtful implementation. Something humans seem to be very good in.

So guess there is a way to program your pacemaker, update the software and even be able to add new features. how do we test it before we add it to this needed human? On pigs or something? And we are talking about life. Software failure is deadly in this case. You don't want to reboot...

Also I think that diseases like cancer might be much better treated with very small robots. Or what about programmable bacteria? You can imagine the possibilities and dangers...

Well, then your assurance company is contacting your teeth and knows that you forgot to visit your dentist and sends you a signal...

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RE[2]: Evolution is over
by CaptainN- on Wed 1st Nov 2017 15:46 in reply to "RE: Evolution is over"
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There are other ways to look at it of course. I once read that industries grow and mature at a particular rate - roughly 50-80 years. When any new tech spurs the creation of a new industry, that industry makes a lot of mistakes for a few decades. Once the industry matures, things develop more slowly and take forever (cars, the airline industry, etc.)

That was talking about capitalism of course. There are concerns that some things have to be taken slowly from the get go (we are seeing worries over this with machine intelligence now), but we'd need a new socioeconomic system to achieve that, and I see too few people talking seriously about that (though they're numbers are increasing).

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RE: Evolution is over
by kwan_e on Sun 5th Nov 2017 10:20 in reply to "Evolution is over"
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2007-02-18

Let's get ready for intelligent design - or at least guided progression. Natural selection will still occur, but the speed at which we'll design our future biological generations (or program them, or both), will easily out pace natural evolution.


If there's one thing we've learned over the decades of intelligently designing computerized systems is that they will evolve by a process of natural selection whether we like it or not, in ways we may or may not like.

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