Most Americans are worried about using technology to ‘Enhance’ our abilities

By | August 16, 2016

A recent study from the Pew Research Center examined how the U.S. public feels about using biomedical technology to “enhance” human abilities1. Enhancement is defined as making biochemical, surgical or other changes to improve cognitive, psychological or physical capacity. Under such a liberal definition, humanity has already been practicing self-enhancement for some time. Enhancements already commonly practiced today include illegal anabolic steroid use by athletes, elective reproductive surgeries like vasectomies, and even purely cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation or nose jobs.

In a phone and web survey involving 4,726 U.S. adults, Pew examined the response to 3 currently-hypothetical technologies that could potentially be used for human enhancement….

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