Monday’s Big Idea
The idea of transhumanism implies a rejection of the body, or at least the body's physical limitations. Transhumanists advocate a dramatic enhancement of human capabilities through the integration of technology with human biology.
Previously unthinkable versions of this involve patients opting for more extensive amputations that replace a limb with what Dominic Basulto describes as "a new generation of 'beautiful' prosthetics." Basulto also points to the example of a paralyzed woman who was able to complete the London Marathon with the aid of a bionic suit.
There are, of course, serious pitfalls as well.
In today's lesson, Bruce Peabody explores the "software/wetware interface" that is present in M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed, which he argues provides "a valuable map for the range of potential human dysfunction we should watch for, think about, and preempt."