Any athlete or astronaut will tell you that the human body is pliable. However, the rate at which our physiology may be naturally changed is slow in comparison to the quick repairs that technology can provide.
As augmentation technology advances, our species may become more reliant on much more invasive and permanent technologies.
There is no shortage of characters in science fiction who have been augmented by some type of technology.
Iron Man, Tony Stark, wears an electronic device within his chest that keeps him alive and controls his metal suits.
In the 2015 film “Mad Max: Fury Lane,” Imperator Furiosa wears a dangerous-looking metal prosthetic limb that looks to have been fashioned from fragments of power instruments and that she uses to establish her reputation as a fierce fighter.
Here’s what happens when our electronics creep inside our skin and force us to reconsider what it means to be human.
Oncologists have already used CAR-T therapy to put certain types of cancer into remission.
It works by collecting a patient’s T-cells (a kind of white blood cell), adding a receptor that targets their malignancy to the outside world, and then reinfusing them back into the body. In theory, because the reengineered cells may multiply on their own, they may provide long-term protection against that type of cancer, preventing recurrences.