What does the future of humanity look like? Will we survive the next few centuries with our descendants looking roughly as we do now, living out their three score years and ten? Or will biology and technological enhancement see us sporting stronger, faster mechanical limbs and genetic augmentation giving us everything from enhanced cognition to longer, healthier lives?
Advances in science, computing and biotech make this future, and the ethical challenges it might throw up, worth considering. But they also mean that those willing to do some extra legwork (and sometimes take significant risks) can try augmenting their own bodies at home. Let’s take a look at some of the predictions, promises, perils and personalities of biohacking, and see how they’ve panned out.
With an almost endless supply of headlines suggesting that scientists have found the ‘gene for’ this and that, ranging from complex diseases to character traits, it’s hard to shake the sense that our destiny is written in our DNA. So, could we rewrite that DNA and improve everything from health to intelligence?