Within a generation, technology has given billions of people access to unprecedented amount of data and information. Now, its flooding the market with apps, devices, and programs designed to measure our vital signs, collect our health data, monitor our daily activities, moods and habits. Soon, AI and algorithms will be able to process and analyze the colossal amount of data and provide a personalized nutritional profile, exercise program, sleep cycle, work schedule designed to optimize our productivity, performance, and extend lifespan.
That’s just the beginning.
Innovations in biotechnology and genetic engineering will sequence, edit, enhance our genes, augment our physical and mental capabilities and may even give birth to different sub-species of humanoids. VR technology imbedded in our brains or directly connected to our neurological functions will create experiences we cannot yet conceive, simulate spiritual fulfilment, induce happiness, and allow us to escape reality on demand.
How do we edit, augment, enhance our genetic codes, minds, and bodies without losing our intrinsic humanness? What opinion, input or intelligence do we have on how technology that affect our well-being should be used, developed and regulated? What type of technology or scientific research is needed to reverse the rising trends of preventable diseases, opioid addiction, and declining mental health of the world’s population? What steps must we take to instill confidence, healthy self-image, compassion, and curiosity in the hearts and minds of the next generation? This is just a short list of responsibilities currently up for grabs.
Now is the time to step up to the plate, or it may be too late and the damage done may well be irreversible.