Science and Technology

ATTEMPT TO CREATE ‘BETTER HUMANS’: PROGRESS OR REGRESS IN TECHNOLOGY?

In this 3rd millennium, the emerging technologies aim at just one thing – TO CREATE BETTER HUMANS! Towards this end, we have witnessed a lot of research efforts in various scientific fields such as Biomedical engineering, Genetic engineering, Neurobiology, Neurosurgeon, Biophysics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. Although most individuals involved in these researches and technological designs believe that humans are not created by any Divine Entity but a product of mere coincidence. Thus, their dissatisfaction in our limitations, coupled with the need for change, provokes their restless zeal to create ‘SUPER HUMANS’.


Today, Genetic Engineers claim to have gained the ability to ‘create life’ to ‘specification’ and to temper with human genes in order to create a better human. Recently, we witnessed the interchanging of organs between species and growing of human organs on animal tissues.

Furthermore, experts in Robotics engineering and the field of Artificial Intelligence, in collaboration with Biomedical engineers, Neurobiologists, Neurosurgeons, Biophysicists, Biotechnicians, and engineers of Nanotechnology, have presented their ‘breakthroughs’ in creating spare parts or laboratory grown organs for vital human heart, kidney, liver, and lungs; in keeping a human brain alive outside the body ( or even transporting a human head from one body to another); in understanding and manipulating brain processes and signals through the use of microchips or tiny electrode that could replace part of the brain or posses more brain power; and in understanding and altering human DNA Code in order to remake humans. Can we call these ‘breakthroughs’ progress or regress?

In this respect, Scientists and Technologists in leading nations like United State, China, Germany, UK, France, South Korea, Canada, Italy, are developing new ideas and structures needed to realize this dream. The questions is: Will any of these technologies eventually ‘backfires’ or have a detrimental impacts on humanity? Is science and technology not meant to  resolve immediate problems in our society,so which problem is being solved in this regard? Are these technological advancement suitable to our environment, culture, and our location within the Cosmos? What will the world look like in the next 30 years? Will these restless individuals succeed in creating creatures that will violate or transcend human limits? Are we still going to be considered ‘humans’ when they succeed in transplanting consciousness, human soul/spirit, or human personality? The answers to these questions is blowing in the wind!

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Farinola Augustine
Augustine is a Writer, a Philosopher, and an ICT Professional. He is a specialist in web designing as well as content writing. His academic curiosity drives him into a continuous research on findings of Scholars in Science and Technology. In recent times, his publications aim at addressing the moral, ethical, cultural, phenomenological, and existential implications implication of Computing and Virtual Reality Technology on humans and the entire cosmos.

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