Futurisms: Critiquing the project to reengineer humanity

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bionics and cats

In light of our lengthy recent discussion about the desire of some transhumanists to eliminate predation in the wild, I’d just like to note a mildly amusing juxtaposition. The cover article in the latest issue of National Geographic is on “Merging Man and Machine.” It focuses on several developments in bionics (although for therapeutic purposes, not enhancement). Meanwhile, a few pages earlier, the magazine has a short article about an effort to protect “the world’s top felines” from extinction. That little article is here — and you can read much more about the Big Cats Initiative elsewhere on the magazine’s website, since the magazine’s publisher, the National Geographic Society, is behind the project.

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