What Is Human Augmentation? Do We Need It?

Ashley | 14 - 07 - 2021
Human Augmentation

Get to know everything about human augmentation through this interesting quiz now.

What Is Human Augmentation?

Human augmentation is not similar to virtual reality. Human augmentation research has found out ways to use medicine or technology to increase productivity in humans or for enhancing inbuilt human abilities to greater extents.

Types of Human Augmentation

Human augmentation in real life is used in major fields such as medicine, large-scale businesses, and entertainment. Thus, they can be divided into 3 types:

Is Google Glass a Human Augmentation?
  • A. Yes
  • B. No
  1. Replicating Human Abilities

    Human augmentation can replicate human abilities of movement, sight, hearing, and voice to aid the differently challenged in their routine. These are usually wearable technological devices.

  2. Supplementing Human Abilities

    Human augmentation technology that supplements human abilities to make them smarter or stronger than the average falls under this category. Such supplements can either be used for the greater good or can eventually end up misused.

  3. Exceeding Human Abilities

    Body augmentation technologies that can make humans do things they are physically incapable of such as swimming without needing to breathe, flying, or going invisible are categorized under this.

How Is Human Augmentation Used?

Augmented humans are generally termed Humans 2.0. Augmentation can be used for a wide range of purposes such as:

  • To produce prosthetic limbs that can do more than a normal human limb.
  • Can be used as exoskeletons or esight chips for legally blind people
  • They can aid in improving cognitive and physical abilities.
  • Augmented reality (AR) is the future of gaming
  • Training employees through AR can save a lot of damages in several fields. 

Human Augmentation Research

Medical and technological have currently taken up researching augmentative innovations such as:

  • Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak
  • Artificial blood cells
  • Neuralink by Elon Musk to connect with a computer through your neurons

Research is also being conducted to analyze the security, data privacy, compliance with regulations, and the possibility of any long-term mental or physical impact on humans who will use these medicines and technologies. 

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