In 10 to 15 years we might actually see “metal men” traversing battlefields, blurring the lines between man and machine. Actual Iron-man-esque suits are being pursued in development by our government. Here is a press release on a .gov website sharing some of the details if you need proof. There are many others of course.
[ecko_quote source=”Army Lt. Col. Karl Borjes, Command’s Science Adviser.”]The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that – a whole bunch of stuff that RDECOM is playing heavily in…[/ecko_quote]
The wearable tech revolution is going to explode in the next 25-30 years if the economy can sustain it and we may (our kids will for sure) see an odd age of alter-human capability. I am sure you all remember the last olympics. Well, imagine the controversy when they make mechanical legs that work better then the ones God gave us. Same goes for our vision and any other crazy mechanical upgrades they may bring to our natural faculties, or for that matter, replace them altogether.
Of course we don’t realize it, but we have seen the extension of man’s life and capacity already with the help of technological advances and assistance. In what we may regard as an old technology now, the motor vehicle, the wheel chair, heck for that matter the wheel itself all extend man’s abilities or impairments. Pacemakers, artificial hips and knees and now they are even printing organs, like bladders and kidneys. Imagine an age where we fiddle with the printer impatiently waiting for our organs to print. Or going back in time 100 years and telling people all that you’re capable of doing with that small brick in your hand called a smart phone. My bet is you’d be convicted as a witch and strung up faster than you could post a picture of their jaws dropping on instagram.
Don’t even start thinking about how class warfare and economic disparity might play into the rapid development of certain technologies only available to one class of people and not others.
Between genetic engineering, new medicine, nanotechnology, the leaps neuroscience is making and biomechanics we are in for a flurry of debate. You thought finding out players in the MLB or other sports communities were on steroids was a hard conversation. It will be controversial territory when it comes to almost every industry. Take a look at this Teaser Trailer for Black Ops III they frame an intense picture of the concerns radical breakthroughs at a pace like this could create. The film opens with an interesting quote: “Mankind’s greatest mistake will be it’s inability to control the technology it has created.”
What happens to the last generation of normal humans when alter humans step into their jobs? I guess that might be better than a full machine replacing us. Of course, this is already happening. Take the trucking industry for example. Self-driving vehicles are already hitting the road. Don’t even start considering the implication of class warfare and economic disparity when it comes to the rapid development of certain enhancing technologies only that only become to the wealthy (think Elysium).
I lean more dystopian when it comes to the future. What do you think? Is all of this good news or happening too fast? Or are you a, “bring it on” kind of person when it comes to progress? I like a few things that this guy shares about a framework for new ethics when it comes to the weird science we are plunging into.