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    Could nano technology, be the key to unraveling a new segment of evolution in humans? There is reason to believe that with the advancement of nano technology, humans can become faster, stronger, smarter. If nano machines were to be injected into the bloodstream, could it assist the immune system in fighting off diseases, making humans impervious to disease and or many forms of ailment? On the other hand, could the use of nano machines increase the raw processing power of the brain? There are limitless uses for nano machines in conjunction with humans. What are some of the ethical and practical issues with nano machines, and how could some of these concepts of nano machines helping humans be done?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scholar View Post
    Could nano technology, be the key to unraveling a new segment of evolution in humans? There is reason to believe that with the advancement of nano technology, humans can become faster, stronger, smarter. If nano machines were to be injected into the bloodstream, could it assist the immune system in fighting off diseases, making humans impervious to disease and or many forms of ailment? On the other hand, could the use of nano machines increase the raw processing power of the brain? There are limitless uses for nano machines in conjunction with humans. What are some of the ethical and practical issues with nano machines, and how could some of these concepts of nano machines helping humans be done?
    I will not disclaim this possibility, however we do not know what the possibilities are. I can not tell it will ever be possible to make a fully autonomous robot, which could be used to perform tiny tasks in the body. We do know, we could use nanotechnology to replace certain options of the body. We can make a better eye, better muscles, some different form of immunity or disease prevention. Etc.

    But will all of it really be better?

    Can we improve the brain? It has its faults, but its faults prove its power and function. A computer doesn't make mistakes, and cannot improve.

    The use of modified prote´ns could be a good way to improve the body, but in the long run, we will not know the effects it may have.


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    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Could nano technology, be the key to unraveling a new segment of evolution in humans?
    No because evolution must be natural not invented or engineered. I'd call that human manipulation if nanotechnology is used to do anything to humans.
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    The only rule that evolution must follow is that the change must work. How the change happens does not matter.

    The big objection to speculation about nano machines is that there just are none. We have nothing but speculation. The science fiction idea of self replicating robots small enough to circulate within the blood stream is a very long way from reality. I'd like to see just one self replicating machine. Once we have that, even if it is as big as a battleship, we can work on making it smaller. But no one has successfully made a self replicating machine.
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    It all depends on your definition of "super".

    Do you call Usain Bolt a 'super' person because he is the fastest man alive?

    There is absolutely no reason in theory why a future more advanced technology could not result in humans who are 'better' than modern humans. In fact, there are various technologies that could do it. Nano tech is one. Add to that cybernetic implants, gene therapy, genetic modification of the human genome, implants of computer chips and the like.

    For example, there are already experiments with inserting chips into people to act as artificial retinas for the blind, or to act as a bridge between severed neurons. Assume major advances in this technology and the artificial vision, hearing etc could result in people able to see and hear in ranges currently impossible. Imagine a person able to see ultra violet, or infra red, or able to hear into the ultrasound ranges. These things are possible in theory, and may one day be possible in practice with sufficiently advanced implant technology.

    Genetic engineering could result in people who never grow old, and have the bodies of athletes, the minds of geniuses, the resistance to illness that is close to perfect, and specialised abilities currently impossible. Do you call these humans 'super-men'? We may have to modify our definitions.
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    Purely by definiton, no it cannot be the key to unraveling new segments of human evolution, as evolution has to be heritable. I also do not think that implanting any kind of nanotechnology truly makes man 'better', as it does not really improve us but merely takes over certain bodily functions.

    Furthermore, it is also the question whether you would would want nanotechnology, or whatever other techonology, to be applied beyond medical reasons.
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    Genetic modification is heritable, and thus part of evolution, albeit a very artificial evolution. Will we want it? I suspect the answer will be yes. Morals change over time, and so do values. The fact that many people today claim this is unnatural and undesirable does not mean people will continue saying that in the future. In addition, parents tend to want the best for their children, and some modifications that will make their children stronger, faster, healthier, happier, more intelligent etc., might be seen as very desirable.
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    Sadly, unless human civilization develops along lines history has given me no reason to expect, it seems likely that such technologies will become the province of an elite class, not shared by everyone. Resentment, hatred, and violence will probably follow.
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    Any such restriction will be temporary. Technologies have a habit of becoming cheaper over time. I could see gene manipulation technologies becoming totally automated, with sophisticated robotics, making it cheap and available to all.
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