Is It Time for a Transhumanist Olympics?
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In the last 50 years, science and technology have brought our society into a new age. Whether it's the internet, space travel, or the harnessing of nuclear energy, the world is a very different place than when the first modern-day Olympics took place in 1896 in Greece.
Rather than change traditional sporting events, which holds a special place in many of our hearts, why not add a whole new category to them? For a moment, imagine a transhumanist Olympic Games: a place for athletes in the 21st Century who have modified themselves with drugs, technologies, and bionic enhancements. A place where the best human potential combines with the most advanced science to create the coolest competitions possible. Who wouldn't be thrilled to be at an Olympics where humans can pole vault over 25 meters? Or peddle a bicycle 100 miles per hour? Or powerlift a ton.
"Multiple medical and surgical technologies already exist to improve physical performance," says Dr. Joseph N. Carey, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. "These technologies can be used to maximize, or even supercharge human abilities. The question is: Will society ever begin to think implementing such actions is a good thing?"