Among the topics explored in the book:

– Strategies for envisioning the middle-term future.  By taking into account the distinctly layered time-frames of historical change, we can increase our effectiveness in describing “possible futures.”

– The science and technology of human bioenhancement: eight key areas of innovation.  Pharmaceuticals, bioelectronics, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), synthetic biology, and virtual reality.

– The fierce debates between advocates and opponents of transhumanism and “the posthuman future:” how to find a critical, constructive way forward.

– Human flourishing: a moral framework for evaluating specific bioenhancements on a case-by-case basis.

– The revolutionary potential of epigenetic enhancement modifications.

– If bioenhancements are adopted by millions of consumers, what would be the likely economic, social, and cultural consequences?

– Bioenhancement of animals: should we create new hybrids and augmented creatures?

– Direct modifications of brain and mind: how the new field of neuroethics can help us clarify and evaluate the implications.

– The tantalizing (and problematic) possibility of “moral bioenhancement.”

– The commodification of humans, and the specific ways in which bioenhancement technologies could erode human dignity.

– Rejuvenation technologies and extremely long healthspans – what would be their ecological, economic, and psychological consequences?

– The Singularity, radical bioenhancement, and the possibility of creating human-level forms of artificial intelligence.

– Values worth preserving as the enhancement enterprise goes forward over the coming decades.

– The space for human agency in steering the development of scientific and technological innovation.

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