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How Smart Drugs and Cybernetics Could Create a Superhuman Workforce

Posted: Fri, December 14, 2012 | By:

Imagine becoming superhuman. Or, at the very least, becoming superhumanly good at your job. A new prescription allows you total focus. Total composure. Genius-level clarity of thought, and the ability to stay up, in the zone, for two days straight. Aural and optical implants, gene transfers, and even bionics keep you sharp and operating at peak ability well into your retirement years.  

Imagine that those technologies used by the military to augment soldiers are turning you into a super-worker capable of moving ahead in your profession, and up the career ladder, with beyond-human, almost Übermenschen abilities.

Now, imagine that everyone in your office is on the same tip. Imagine that you’re being forced to stay in line, too, just to keep up—that you’re becoming a medical experiment in human efficiency just to retain your job.

The latest research suggests that we’re not too far off from this sort of labor ecosystem. A new report compiled by the Royal Society (the United Kingdom’s national science academy) summarizes the findings of British academics, doctors, professionals and futurists, and it suggests, somewhat cautiously, that jacked-up worker ants could soon be marching en masse. 

“Work will evolve over the next decade,” the report, titled Human enhancement and the future of work, states, “with enhancement technologies potentially making a significant contribution. Widespread use of enhancements might influence an individual’s ability to learn or perform tasks and perhaps even to enter a profession; influence motivation; enable people to work in more extreme conditions or into old age, reduce work-related illness; or facilitate earlier return to work after illness.” 

Those “enhancements” include chemical cocktails, such as the sleep-annihilating drug Modafinil, and surgical improvements like directed-brain stimulation and bionic limbs. While many of these technologies are already available, their increasing proliferation in the workplace is expected to raise serious issues. Will those who can’t afford them be hopelessly outpaced by those who can? Even more disturbingly, will workers soon be socially pressured, or even overtly coerced into going superhuman? 


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“In a world in which workers are increasingly expected to work long hours and weekends, to remain tethered to the company smartphone, and to put up with vanishing benefits, job security, overtime and paid time off—and to be grateful that they even have a job in a shrinking economy—compliance to doping or physical modification doesn’t sound like the science fiction scare tale it once might have. And the technologies, already well on their way to the office, undoubtedly appeal to companies as methods of getting a few more years of work from their staff before replacing them.”

Exactly the kind of problem i, as a transhumanist, want to see overcome.  Machines (some of them) should constitute the “Work”(slave)Force.  We shall be the playforce.

By René Milan on Dec 14, 2012 at 10:13am

Nice to see an apparent TOPY connection on this site !

By René Milan on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:38am

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