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Video/Human Enhancement

It takes a careful blend of science, craft and compassion to make a prosthetic eye

6 minutes

Idea/Human Enhancement

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

Nicholas Carr


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

Silvia Camporesi & James Knuckles

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


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


The longevity gap

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

Linda Marsa


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


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

Michael Banissy


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


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