Hello to all.
I was recently reading a fascinating article in a magazine titled "The Human Mind". I think it was a special edition or something. I'm not sure there's actually a magazine that's called that. Anyway, that isn't the point.
The article was discussing the advent of Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is basically the integration of microscopic, self-replicating machines that could be integrated into the human body. Apparently we're not too far off from actually having this technology. Basically we're talking about specialized cells that can be designed to perform any number of previously impossible functions from increasing brain capacity to actually fighting the effects of aging. While the exciting theories therein are only pure speculation at this point the subject has still got me thinking. I'm not wondering so much about the "why" or "how" but the "should".
Is it crossing a line to render oneself virtually immortal? Such technology would surely be expensive. Would we suddenly have a wealthy ruling class of people who made societal and political decisions for potentially centuries? I myself am caught between the desire for long life and power and some old-fashioned ideals of letting nature run her own course.
I've come to respect the people on these forums more than most other groups of people (excluding only a very tight-knit group of friends and family members). So, I want the opinion of anyone willing to share it.
If you could alter your body in any conceivable way you chose, would you do it? To include completely replacing your soft, fleshy body with an amalgamation of synthetic ageless flesh or metal alloy. What would you do to yourself? Should you? Should we even consider what some would consider an aggregious insult to the figure (outdated and obsolete to some) who we call God, Allah, Buddha, or whatever diving forces that may be? Even the processes of nature itself that have gone on, uninterrupted for aeons.
What could the effects be on society, politics, and even our own morality?
I just wanted to hear some opinions on this. I've got my own, but I crave discussion on this topic!
Thanks for reading!