Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution

On April 14, 2003 the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Department of Energy (DOE) and their partners in the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project. The sequencing of the first human genome has opened the door to a wealth of knowledge for scientists around the globe. Ten years later NBIC Science web was launched with as mission to collate enough information for Mr. & Mrs. Everybody in a single spot…..along with this sister blog. So feel free to pass it along to those you know, including your own children, if you think they are of an age to absorb some of the content without fear, for they need to be aware of the driving forces and transformational probabilities of humanity; they will live that era.
 
Over the coming 2-3 decades regenerative medicine will explode to a dimension none of us can even start to imagine. The surgeons of 2040-50 will have nothing in common with those of 2014.
 
Cognitive science, coupled to information technology and nano-robotics, is also positioned to become one of the fast moving areas of scientific advancements in the coming 10 years. 
 
Polymeric nanoparticles that incorporate a therapeutic payload and are designed to have prolonged circulation within the bloodstream, enable targeting of the diseased tissue or cells, and provide for the controlled and timely release of the therapeutic payload are rapidly becoming the new norm in the next threshold to cancer chemo-therapy. 
 
Far from being a premature look into the crystal ball is where NBIC convergence has started leading humanity. I have added a 51 minute documentary "Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution" I strongly recommend you watch. It will terrify a few, shock some, fascinate many, and inform all. Today one can no longer live in ignorance of scientific and medical progress. 
 
The journey towards transhumanism has started and the quiet little village of Lonay, 10 minutes from Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is home to the world’s primary center for information collation on NBIC convergence. 
 
The advances are so numerous and so extraordinary that there is little doubt humanity’s life expectancy could be multiplied by factors. But how will it be financed, how will it be managed on the ethical, physical and physiologic scales, those are open questions.
 
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