Human after all?
By Salva Figueroa
I stand here, with my humanity hanging by a thread, I think. It’s been an amazing century for humanity, and it’s funny it all started with a simple promise: eternal life. Sounds like a marketing slogan right, at the time we thought that was all it was, but as soon as we saw what they meant we started to believe it was more than that.
3D-printed organs were soon on the market, what this meant for us was that never again shall we worry about transplants. “Likes to save lives” was now a thing of the past. We could now drink our liver away, smoke our lungs out, deteriorate our organs as much as we wanted and just get it replaced. Cancer stopped being a big concern, remove the organ and get a new one. Health-care became quite inexpensive, life was no longer a luxury.
We thought we had reached the peak of of human development; that’s when the BioMechs arrived.The advancements in the field of Biomechanics led to the creation of seamless synthetic replacements for lost limbs (anything from a thumb to a whole arm or leg). It was so surreal.
At first people were a bit skeptical about them, they seemed an insult to human nature. But soon enough people began to warm up to the possibility of replacement parts, they became a bit more careless; they were no longer afraid of losing a finger or two.
Naturally the next step came when people started to willingly replace their natural body parts with BioMechs, this was the star of the whole Bio-Cyborg movement. More and more people wanted to replace one or several body parts and organs with better, customizable biomech parts. The conservatives were outraged, “How dare they attempt against human nature?” They chanted. A whole social movement was in order. It amazed me how the human being could be so hungry for progress, but so adamant about change.
Then superconductivity arrived; lossless energy transfer, zero entropy. Suddenly biomechs stopped being replacements, alternatives, or modifications; they were upgrades. Evolution. Human-made evolution. We has taken even that from nature. We stopped being made in “god’s image”, we were now our own image; sex, color, shape, size, we were in full control, true and total freedom. Well…almost.
Our brains remained, all natural. We still had to be born, and we still had to die; mainly from brain deterioration. Of course that problem was solved as well: fully digitalized brains, supercomputers with more power and capacity than our own.
And that is where I come in.
I have kept my brain, choosing to keep the last vestige of my human nature. A bit as a token and a bit out of principle thiking that birth needed to be the beginning and death was the end. And yet I got cancer. Well it’s more of a tumor that may or may no be cancerous. And so I am at a fork in the road. I always believed that death was something necesary of human nature, until I found myself at it’s door.
Now I’m terrified.
What should I do?
What will I do?
What would you do?