Human Enhancement


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Idea/Human Enhancement

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall

Nicholas Carr

Idea/Pharmaceuticals

How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism?

Rachel Jonas

Idea/Sports & Games

The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes

James Knuckles & Silvia Camporesi

Essay/Human Enhancement

Better babies

The long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond

Nathaniel Comfort

Video/Illness & Disease

How the future of treating heart disease might mean having no heartbeat

7 minutes

Essay/Free Will

The free-will fix

New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?

Walter Glannon

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Essay/Biotechnology

Young blood

From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?

Jess Zimmerman

Video/Life Stages

Imperceptible and unstoppable: the ageing process comes to life

5 minutes

Essay/Economics

The longevity gap

Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?

Linda Marsa

Essay/Bioethics

A doping manifesto

The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?

Julian Savulescu

Video/Medical Research

A woman embraces cryonics as she challenges the limitations of her mind and body

4 minutes

Essay/Human Enhancement

Superhumans

Some people have neurological quirks that give them extraordinary perceptual powers. What can we learn from them?

Michael Banissy

Essay/Death

Frozen dead guys

Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?

Stephen Cave

Essay/Human Enhancement

The end of sleep?

New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them

Jessa Gamble

Essay/Human Enhancement

The ends of humanity

Socialism is dead, and the transhuman future looms. Is there any way to recover a sense of global purpose?

Ken MacLeod

Essay/Ethics

The human race

Prosthetics, doping, computer implants: we take every upgrade we can get. But what is waiting for us at the finish line?

Steven Poole