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Change The Blueprint [Jul. 21st, 2005|10:01 am]
Tony Grist
The human body is in urgent need of a re-design.

I mean, basically, it's the same monkey body we had when we first traipsed out of the woods and onto the savannahs.

It's built to last about 25 years. After which time it starts going wrong. We've quadrupled our life expectancy, but without upgrading the vehicle. And so we spend three quarters of our life-span in a body that's performing well below its best. How stupid is that?

We accept that an athlete is past it by thirty. How abject!

And it's so fragile. Why settle for skin and bone when you could have titanium?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 04:38 am (UTC)
Exactly.

My thing is arthritis. Not crippling, but it don't half slow me down.

Put me on the waiting list for a flying car.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2005-07-21 03:45 am (UTC)
Skin is MUCH nicer and warmer to cuddle up with than titanium.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 04:22 am (UTC)
That's the one unanswerable point.

But science is wonderful. Surely someone will eventually come up with cuddly titanium.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 04:23 am (UTC)
That's interesting.

And hopefully if the head is bigger we'll be able to cram more into it.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 04:46 am (UTC)
How right you are. I'd never considered it before, that really we're meant for 25 good years.

I feel really cobbled together at this point. I envy those people in science fiction books who download themselves into computers so that their essence is in bytes and they can roam the universe.

If we could do things over, rewrite our evolution, I'd really like to have wings. Although by now I suspect my feathers would be falling out. Figures.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 04:50 am (UTC)
"I feel really cobbled together at this point"

Me too. I want to be downloaded into a new body. One that will be eternally 25 years old.

OK, it's not doable now, but it will be. I'm sure of it!
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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2005-07-21 05:08 am (UTC)
All too true! Although I have titanium all the way down my right leg, it doesn't really help...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 06:44 am (UTC)
We're getting there.

so far we've progressed to the point where we can reinforce a leg. One day we'll be able to replace the whole shooting match.
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[User Picture]From: jubal51394
2005-07-21 07:01 am (UTC)

I can't get past...

the revulsion I feel thinking of lying in bed beside my beloved... stroking titanium!
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 07:24 am (UTC)

Re: I can't get past...

Ah, but I was married to an Ice Man.

Same thing.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-21 10:30 am (UTC)
I"m thinking here of Data, the android...whatever he was...on Star Trek TNG. His skin wasn't titanium. And does anyone remember the episode where Tasha Yaar asked him if he was 'fully funtional'? No titanium there, I'm sure.

So much of what was once thought of as Science Fiction has come to pass, I always wonder if one of the reasons why is that 'that' caught the eye of some young soon to be inventor. Remember the communicators on the FIRST Star Trek? Today's cell phones are very much like them...

So, if 'they' could make a Data, why does a better model human have to be titanium?

Just a question.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-21 10:31 am (UTC)
And does anyone remember the episode where Tasha Yaar asked him if he was 'fully funtional'? No titanium there, I'm sure.

A rather Freudian slip, I meant fully functional.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 11:16 am (UTC)
I plucked titanium out of the air- because it sounds good.

But, no, you're probably right. We'll be able to produced something that looks like flesh but is very much tougher and- of course- disease-proof.

There are people out there trying to make humanoid robots. I don't think they're all that far-advanced yet, but I'm sure they'll get to Data eventually.

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