Published in Journal of Evolution & Technology, Volume 18, Issue 1, May 1, 2008, pages 35-41. Copyright © 2008 by Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff, Published by Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Journal home page: http://jetpress.org.
The defining debate in this new century will be about technology and human enhancement, according to many across the political spectrum. Our ability to use science to enhance our bodies and minds – as opposed to its application for therapeutic purposes – is one of the most personal and therefore passionate issues in an era where emerging technologies seduce us with new and fantastic possibilities for our future. But in the process, we are forced to rethink what it means to be human or, essentially, our own identity. For some, technology holds the promise of making us superhuman; for others, it offers a darker path toward becoming Frankenstein’s monster.