The future of our bodies

What is going to be the social syntax of a health sustaining society?

Within the next 100 years our bodies might start to turn out as a valuable shell? A valuable shell that revitalizes itself? Are we going to create new species? Are we going to reevaluate the value of length, intensity and meaning of life?

We live in an era in which we put lots of efforts on a process that helps us to overcome healing as an answer to our bodies turning sick. The new idea is to proactively prevent us from turning sick. Moreover, we seem to aim for sustainably young bodies. Forever young! And behind this door there is waiting another door. The door that reaches out to the dream of turning ourselves immortal.

While brains are recorded to enable a transfer of our minds onto other hardwear devices, lots of research is carried in the field of  body preservation. When we can transfer our mind onto a hardware device, are we going to be able to copy ourselves and develop several new idenities? When we could freeze our dead body, is there going to be a doorway to be woken up end of the 22nd century?

At the same time, researchers are working hard on regenerative medicine and evolutionary medicine which focusses on a better understanding of organisms that carry a special genetic strength. The thought behind, is that knowledge about the genetic strength of e.g. cancer cells and virusses might help us to improve our genetic material and teach us how to genetically have self-repair drives. The optimization of genetic codes is carried out with a focus on the creation of new species as well as a focus on potentials for gene modification that improve human genes. When humans can hack genes, why should they replicate with lots of risks? Gene banks might be used to produce new life, which might be even carried out in an artifical uterus. All this happens simultaneous to the emergence of proactive medical approaches that personalize preventive medication. By taking account of our genetic predispositions, medication might have the power to prevent us from turning sick while boosting our health and wellbeing. Even when we do not turn immortal we might be living much longer than before. Diseases such as cancer, stroke, diabetis might turn out to be controlable.

What happens beside of this?

While Brain-Computer Interfaces are getting better day by day, neural implants are developed that might improve our brain capacities. They are inteded not just to sensorize our body internal information to inform e.g. our proactive treatment in preventive manners. They are created to boost our brain capacities such as our memory, our capactiy to learn, to forget, to solve problems, our thinking power, velocity and dosage of attentional levels. And there is one more option to all this: Already today we can train avatars to behave like us. These avatars could serve as a virtual agent that continues to behave liks us when we are dead already.

All this sounds quite wild. And it leads to new questions.

When we do not turn sick anymore- how is our immune system going to react? How can our bodies be protected from being hacked? Are there going to be decentralized body systems sustaining health, intelligence and well-being world-wide? How are we going to feel like when we have an existence on a chip and do not have a body anymore? When we can copy our mind- how are we going to change our understanding of the self? What would happen when we can wake up dead bodies? Is there going to be access for all of that for everyone? And most importantly:

What is going to be the social syntax of a health sustaining society?

Wow- and this is just an excerpt from what we found out about potential future directions of our bodies when asking experts such as Dr. Randal Koene, Science Director of Initiative 2045, who is working on Whole Brain Emulation and Reverse Engineering of Minds, Ira S. Pastor, the CEO of Bioquark Inc., Bruce Duncan, the Managing Director of Terasem Movement Foundation, Jowan Österlund, the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Biohax international. Hannes Sjöblad, Advisor & Investor of Human Augmentation and Biohacking or Dr. Simon Kos, the Chief Medical Officer of Microsoft among many others.


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