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The Intersection of Humanity and Technology in the Age of Augmentation

Pascal Brier
Nov 16, 2023

Do you think humans should be augmented by technology? This debate is always raising fierce arguments from both sides and generally ends up in a dystopian view of the world with trans-humans chasing eternal life.

Well, lately a 62-year-old man suffering from Parkinson’s disease has regained the ability to walk thanks to a new spinal neuroprosthesis. Physicians implanted a small device into his spinal cord that stimulates the nerves in his legs with new signals to reactivate his leg muscles.

Simultaneously, tremendous progress is being made in retina implants to fight macular degeneration, we have advanced prosthetic limbs and bionic implants restoring human functions, exoskeletons providing extra-endurance, stem cell regenerative medicine, smart implants monitoring and responding to our health from within…

Stories like these highlight how the bounds between human and technology are becoming stronger, and more than often for the best! #Innovation is not just about gadgets and efficiency, it’s also meant to improve our health, cure our ailments and facilitate our lives when our bodies fail us.

It is natural to be cautious when hearing about innovation used for human augmentation, especially when some of these technologies sound like they’re coming straight out of a science fiction movie. But #HealthTech and #Biotechnology can help us enhance what it means to be human. They represent hope and empowerment for people with disabilities around the world. As we embrace these tools, we redefine what’s possible and reshape our future.

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with these emerging technologies! How do you see them impacting our future? 👇💡

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