This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision

A team of biohackers from California successfully induced a temporary sense of night vision by injecting a simple chemical cocktail directly onto the eye. Incredibly, it allowed them to see over 160 feet in the dark for a brief period of time. » 3/27/15 7:20am Friday 7:20am

It Should Be Legal To Hack Your DNA

A group of geneticists has called for a moratorium on research into modifying heritable human DNA — a practice that could lead to so-called "designer babies." But as scientists consider this drastic proposal, they should also recognize the potential benefits this technology could afford – and the risks of an outright… » 3/24/15 4:00pm 3/24/15 4:00pm

12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans

We puny humans can be depressingly fragile and flawed, a realization that's all the more discouraging when we consider the incredible potential for robots. Here are 12 reasons why machines will always have the edge over us meatbags. » 12/16/14 10:00am 12/16/14 10:00am

DARPA's New Biotech Division Wants To Create A Transhuman Future

The Pentagon's advanced research wing has announced its latest budget — and whoa, does DARPA ever have some ambitious plans for the future. Their new Biotech unit will be harnessing biology for national security, and dealing with everything from stopping plagues to building synthetic soldiers. » 4/02/14 9:30am 4/02/14 9:30am

Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch

In a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included. » 3/28/14 2:20pm 3/28/14 2:20pm

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/17/14 10:07am 3/17/14 10:07am

How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity

Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to biologists, we could create custom-built chromosomes to fix a variety of health problems, and even give us new abilities. Here’s how a 24th pair of chromosomes could change our biologies forever. » 7/12/13 12:00pm 7/12/13 12:00pm

Is human super-intelligence a bad idea?

Advocates of human enhancement often say that we ought to increase our intelligence as a species. But the consequences of actually doing this have never fully been explored. An excessive amount of intelligence might actually prove to be a bad thing — and a distraction from what really matters. » 7/10/13 1:11pm 7/10/13 1:11pm

Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement?

Slate writer Will Oremus has put together a fairly revealing article about how easy it’s becoming to supercharge our brains, prompting him to wonder why there’s still so much push-back against the idea of technologically enhancing ourselves. » 4/02/13 2:27pm 4/02/13 2:27pm

It Could Be A War Crime To Use Biologically Enhanced Soldiers

Earlier this month, a report funded by the Greenwall Foundation examined the legal and ethical implications of using biologically enhanced humans on the battlefield. Given the Pentagon's open acknowledgement that it's working to create super-soldiers, this is quickly becoming a pertinent issue. We wanted to learn… » 1/22/13 11:00am 1/22/13 11:00am

Will we ever have cyborg brains?

Over at BBC Future, computer scientist Martin Angler has put together a provocative piece about humanity's collision course with cybernetic technologies. Today, says Angler, we're using neural interface devices and other assistive technologies to help the disabled. But in short order we'll be able to radically… » 12/19/12 2:40pm 12/19/12 2:40pm

U.S. spy agency predicts a very transhuman future by 2030

The National Intelligence Council has just released its much anticipated forecasting report, a 140-page document that outlines major trends and technological developments we should expect in the next 20 years. Among their many predictions, the NIC foresees the end of U.S. global dominance, the rising power of… » 12/12/12 2:40pm 12/12/12 2:40pm

Scientists raise the alarm on human enhancement technologies

The Royal Society, along with the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, and Royal Academy of Engineering, recently concluded a workshop called Human Enhancement and the Future of Work in which they considered the growing impact and potential risks of augmentation technologies. In their final report, the… » 11/07/12 4:00pm 11/07/12 4:00pm

New ‘Superhuman’ exhibit chronicles the history of human enhancement —…

Humans have tried to augment their capacities since the beginning of time. In many respects, the desire to overcome biological limitations is an indelible part of our species. Now, in an effort to chronicle these efforts, a new gallery has opened up in London which tracks human enhancement throughout the ages, from… » 7/19/12 11:31am 7/19/12 11:31am

Could a single pill make you fearless?

Researchers at Duke University and the National Institutes of Health have developed an experimental drug that calms the fears of anxious mice. They also believe that the exact same changes in brain chemistry could work on humans — a discovery that could lead to a "courage pill." But would we want to live in a world… » 6/13/12 11:26am 6/13/12 11:26am