Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm

This official UK document offers a vision for the future of the human race that includes a range of “human augmentation technologies” to improve physical, psychological, and social performance. As examples highlighted in this document, these augmentation include gene editing for enhanced eye sight, protection against pandemics, improve intelligence, increase strength, or reduce sleep needs. Other augmentations include bioinformatics, brain interfaces, and neurostimulation. The gist of the document is that these all technologies are being developed and they will be used in military contexts if only to keep up with adversaries. What does that mean for societies and all of us “regular” unmodified humans?

“The imperative to use human augmentation may ultimately not be dictated by any explicit ethical argument, but national interest. Countries may need to develop human augmentation or risk surrendering influence, prosperity to those who do.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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