Humanity is said to be on the verge of becoming a new species – Homo Evolutis; “takes direct and deliberate control over the evolution of their species and others.” – Juan Enriquez
We are already well capable of growing new tissues for transplants, manipulating DNA, replacing limbs with reprogrammable cells and altering our bodily make- up with robotics. Our understanding for biotechnology is advancing and more and more people are relying on it to carry out their lives normally or in some cases better off. As science becomes more interwoven and intimate with the human body and the human life, serious changes to our human existence are likely to be glimpsed at in our lifetime.
There is talk of taking the best parts out of the animal kingdom and making it into our own. Not only for healing or repairing our genetic form, but making sophisticated enhancements. Being able to genetically manipulate our physical bodies will also enable us to fine tune our sight, hearing and mental abilities. Men running in the Olympics today with prosthetic legs will be unbeatable in the near future. What does this mean then for sporting events when these people are no longer paraplegics, but become Homo Evolutis? How could mankind compete with a genetically modified advancement of ourselves – by ourselves? Would we have to compete with this artificial intelligence? Would we become extinct just like any other species? We would have then literally instigated the catalyst that would be the next step in human evolution…
How does this change your perception on the world? How does this conflict with your most cherished personal or religious beliefs? What kind of artificial world will your children live in?
The lines of science fiction and reality are becoming ever so blurred, but with each new question raised, we seem to be finding more answers that we can rely on.