Something I haven’t talked much about is the fact that I am a transhumanist. I believe that humanity is quickly coming to the point where we can get past our biological limitations with technology. And I am all for that. There are a whole bunch of reasons why. So when I see articles about this new concept that is coming up in the world of DARPA research, it gets my mouth watering. Programmable matter! The ideas that come to mind are endless. The article in the link above said that the truth is that the limits of this technology are only where the human imagination can go, after it gets developed further. A statement like that makes my mouth water. So then, when I see their list of practical applications, I am kind of shocked at how limited their vision is.
For me, there is one thing that comes to mind – biological engineering applications. After all, biology is matter, right? The physical body is just biological materials that are set into a certain patterns based on the DNA of the individual. Clusters of specialized cells that are arranged just so to accomplish the tasks of living as a human being. That’s what the human body is. So, with that in mind, what is stopping the biological from becoming programmable matter?
I realize that what I am talking about is tens, maybe dozens of years ahead of where we are now. But given the speed at which technology grows, is it really that far-fetched? Because I can see even further! The “soul” as people call it is just chemicals and processes of the brain. Whose to say that this couldn’t be moved from one body to the next? Just think about it! A cancer victim who is dying, what if a body could be fabricated via programmable biological matter to move their brain into? The man who gets crushed by a car could be saved, purely by putting their brain’s chemistry into another mind. If the limits are just our imaginations, then perhaps my imagination is further along.
We are already learning how to fabricate organs via 3D printing. I’m talking about taking this technology to the next level. Fuck the ethical implications! Sorry. Maybe I’m getting a little wrapped up in it. But I think we are letting ourselves be slowed down. Now is the time for us to go big! This technology is in its infancy still. We’re still making basic shapes and other basic forms. I know there are great things ahead. We can’t afford to let ourselves be stopped now.
My body is rotting away. My feet are dead, and one day they are going to rot off. It’s why I exercise the way I do. Diabetes runs in the family, and if I ever contracted that, I would be so fucked. My heart doesn’t work right. I am going to require major open-heart surgery to solve the problem. After my head injury I am one back knock on the head away from death. My neck can’t move. I can’t feel where I’m walking. I just keep it going through muscle memory. It is EXHAUSTING to live the way I do, and I am quite frankly tired of it. I know something better is out there. This kind of technology could save me from total degradation. As my friend Kathryn says, trust and believe, if there was an opportunity for me to become a test subject for the kind of research I am talking about, then I would be there without a second thought. Fuck the consequences! I get one chance to live, and I am tired of wasting it in a body that doesn’t work right.
But more than that, just think of the implications! Creating bodies on the cheap. Imagine if you could move minds from one body to the next! It sounds like science fiction, but if everything in the mind really is just chemistry, then whose to say that it couldn’t be done? We have technology right now to visualize ones thoughts. It’s kind of Orwellian, but at the same time kind of cool. I see the possibilities. To take humanity to the next level. To make it so that disease and things like that are no longer a death sentence. We already have a new untreatable strain of gonorrhea that is spreading rapidly. The reality is that the day is coming when having to get surgery is a death sentence due to untreatable bacteria. It’s not something that is a ways off and we can worry about it when it happens. It’s happening now! Hospitals all over the country are becoming infested with these diseases. Diseases we made. That’s right, our over-prescribing of drugs is the reason that these pathogens exist. Nice work, humanity. The hypochondriacs who need drugs for every sniffle are the reason our species is fucked. Well done. However, we can get ahead of this. If finding better immunizations is impossible, and more hardcore drugs won’t work, then we have to find another way around this. I think my idea might work.
So I’m not just wanting this for my own sake. I want it to help this species overcome our own shortcomings. But maybe it’s all just science fiction. If anyone has an alternative, let me know.
Until next time, a quote,
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Checkov