Would you still be yourself after rejuvenating your whole body with advanced technology?

Would you still be your­self after reju­ve­nat­ing your whole body with advanced tech­nol­o­gy? For some peo­ple, the answer is def­i­nite­ly no. There are already a num­ber of ersatz humans walk­ing around these days. 

And not just because of the extreme cos­met­ic pro­ce­dures like der­mabra­sion and laser hair removal, but because more and more peo­ple are turn­ing to tech­nol­o­gy to improve their health prospects. 

To expe­ri­ence new sen­sa­tions for instance, such as vir­tu­al real­i­ty, or even com­plete­ly new bio­log­i­cal states that have nev­er been seen before.

Our body is a com­plex net­work of sys­tems. And we’re built to be adapt­able. Nat­u­ral­ly, being able to adapt our­selves to new states and expe­ri­ences is a way for our bod­ies to keep up with the times. Humans have evolved new bio­log­i­cal selves for every­thing since we’ve been around, from the alter­ation of our DNA sys­tems to shape-shift­ing into oth­er beings or even sim­ply into forms that can sur­vive in cold climates.

Towards Rejuvenation Technology

Today reju­ve­na­tion tech­nol­o­gy has tak­en off, and there are mul­ti­ple ways to improve your body’s phys­i­cal capac­i­ties and make your­self stronger, faster, and better:

Gene ther­a­py: one of the most recent areas of research, gene ther­a­py has result­ed in a num­ber of amaz­ing tech­nolo­gies that can actu­al­ly mod­i­fy DNA. 

There are a num­ber of uses for this tech­nol­o­gy though; one area is fight­ing dis­eases. Dis­eases like can­cer are caused by errors in the genes which lead to abnor­mal cell growth. We can use gene ther­a­py to mod­i­fy those genes or replace them with healthy ones to pre­vent or even treat disease.

Robot­ics: robot­ics is sim­i­lar to gene ther­a­py in that it allows humans to alter their bod­ies. There are numer­ous devices allow­ing users to boost their strength and capa­bil­i­ties, such as exoskele­tons and robot­ic legs.

Clone­bod­ies: anoth­er way of improv­ing your body is by using clone­bod­ies. When you trans­fer your con­scious­ness into a clone­body, you are essen­tial­ly trans­fer­ring your­self into a new shell; one with almost iden­ti­cal capa­bil­i­ties as the original. 

This can be done through surgery and actu­al­ly switch­ing bod­ies, which gives users the abil­i­ty to heal bro­ken bones or to even ampu­tate if they so choose.

After reju­ve­nat­ing our whole body with advanced tech­nol­o­gy, we would still be us, but in a bet­ter quality.

The dis­cus­sion around these tech­nolo­gies is ongo­ing and con­tro­ver­sial: many peo­ple feel that we should not use tech­nol­o­gy to improve the human body, but rather serve oth­er pur­pos­es like arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and robotics. 

Oth­ers in turn see them as a way to keep up with the times and stay rel­e­vant when Earth­’s resources are finite.

Would you still be yourself after rejuvenating your whole body with advanced technology?

Well, it depends on it. The ques­tion is kind of mean­ing­less because it assumes that you are the same per­son as you were before, right?

See, it’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that “you” are a sin­gle enti­ty. There are so many dif­fer­ent parts of you that we define as “you”, and when one part of your body gets old­er or even improves its func­tion­ing capa­bil­i­ties, peo­ple can nev­er real­ly assume they are the same per­son they were before.

You start off with a cer­tain set of beliefs and stan­dards that you brought from the world around you, and these act as fil­ters through which all your thoughts and expe­ri­ences pass through. 

These fun­da­men­tals even­tu­al­ly become out­dat­ed and may even be com­plete­ly out­mod­ed by time itself. Every expe­ri­ence you have affects your belief sys­tem, and the way you see the world. 

If you are read­ing this, it is inevitable that you will change from this point on. You will be a dif­fer­ent per­son than you were before.

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Like in nature, change is inevitable and con­stant for humans. So it’s fair to say that your iden­ti­ty is not sin­gu­lar but rather a col­lec­tive of all the dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ences of all the ver­sions of your­self that have come before going into the future. 

In a sense, we all get the chance to be reborn and become a new per­son every time we go through strug­gle or hard­ship and come out of it with new knowl­edge and experience.

With the new tech­nol­o­gy, you can ensure that you keep improv­ing and don’t slow down your progress towards reju­ve­na­tion, but at the end of the day it’s still going to be who you are that mat­ters. You can keep your­self trim and fit until the end of your days, but if you don’t have goals and vision in life, it isn’t enough. 

Reju­ve­na­tion tech­nol­o­gy is a means to an end; a means by which you will remain healthy and active as long as pos­si­ble so that you can guide your own destiny.

Would we still be ourselves after rejuvenating? 

To answer this ques­tion: how would you be if you woke up tomor­row and your entire body was like a fresh canvas?

Rec­om­mend­ed:

After reju­ve­nat­ing our whole body with advanced tech­nol­o­gy, we would still be us, but in a bet­ter qual­i­ty. Our bod­ies are con­struct­ed to be able to adapt and evolve with the years. 

So even after reju­ve­na­tion, it is only because we have made our­selves bet­ter that we can keep get­ting bet­ter. But it’s also because we care about our­selves that we con­tin­ue to improve our capa­bil­i­ties as humans. Because of this mech­a­nism, there will always be an urge to con­tin­ue improv­ing when reju­ve­na­tion tech­nol­o­gy pro­gress­es fur­ther into the future.

One thing, at least we should try, though, is to remain humans.

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