Aug 2, 2016

Religion plays a role in attitudes toward human enhancement technologies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Technology is amazing and can be used to help so many. When I position technology; I do so in showing how it helps folks to combat devastating diseases, live life fully even if they became paralyzed at some point in their life and with technology they can walk again, etc. I caution folks to ensure that when we introduce technology that we explain our message well to the broader masses; or risk not be adopted.

We have to do a better job in explaining how AI, BMI, etc. will help the population. When we present things like BMI, Cell Circuitry, etc. we must market how folks used the technology to combat a disease, a disability, or be able to live a more fuller life, etc. I keep seeing either no message or the wrong message being presented to the masses. Instead of waiting for the technology being available; we must take consumers on a journey of possibilities that they can have with tech.

Most Americans are put off by the idea of using science to “enhance” human abilities — and these attitudes are strongly connected with people’s religiosity.

That’s according to a new Pew Research Center survey, which looked at public attitudes about human enhancement technologies.

We may all want to be sharp, strong and healthy but, as the survey found, most people are worried about the use of emerging biomedical technologies that seek to push the boundaries of human capacities.

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