Are You Ready To Be Upgraded?

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In a recent interview with Vice Magazine’s Becky Ferreira, cybernetics expert Kevin Warwick describes the possible future of human space exploration.

While up to this point we’ve focused solely on adapting extraterrestrial environments to suit our bodies, many scientists believe it’s time we start modifying our bodies to fit those environments — or even ditching the human body altogether.

Warwick, in particular, feels that the human body is outdated and no longer suitable to face humanity’s coming obstacles, namely space travel. He also believes that, one day, we’ll be able to transfer our consciousness into mechanical or digital forms.

“Let’s just work on keeping brains alive and then it doesn’t matter about the body. You can send something up to Mercury that deals with all sorts of acids and so on. It can probably succeed okay with a human brain inside [it] as long as we know how to keep that human brain alive.”

Vice Magazine’s article explores a lot of these ideas, including Iron Man-like robotic suits, nanotechnology, and bio-engineering, so check it out.

Personally, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for a true transhumanist society. I don’t think I’ll ever have my brain transferred into a robotic machine or frozen in a vat on a spaceship, anyway. But that’s just me.

Besides, I’ve seen how this all ends. Are you ready to be upgraded?

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