Advances in genetics now permit to edit one’s genome relatively easily. Gene therapy is now used exclusively to fix diseases, but could soon be used by transhumanists for genetic enhancement, such as augmenting one’s mental faculties or improving one’s physical appearance. What exactly can we modify and what are the risks involved ?
DJ Dolphin-Z with the perfect beat. If dolphins could actually do human-style DJ’ing with turntables, mixers, samplers, and drum machines, they might paint something that looks like 3D sound “pictures” of their moods, feelings, and surroundings.
As I write this, we are a few weeks away from the H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen-Scientist, to be held at Harvard University Science Hall, June 12-13, 2010.
Humanity+ is sponsoring an h+ Summit in the hallowed halls of Harvard University on June 12-13, organized around the theme “The Rise of the Citizen Scientist.”
At a recent talk, eminent scientist Stephen Hawking said that humans are entering, “a new phase, of what might be called self designed evolution, in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA.”
h+ covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing — and will change — human beings in fundamental ways. We will be following developments in areas like NBIC (nano-bio-info-cog), longevity, performance enhancement and self-modification, Virtual Reality, "The Singularity," and other areas that both promise and threaten to radically alter our lives and our view of the world and ourselves.