If you were to ask a majority of Americans they would say that they are in fact worried about the scientific advancements coming out in the next 10 years or so, and can you blame them ? The largest section of interest is that there is a large grey area surrounding the advancements that surround the enhancing of humans natural abilities, and who is going to get to wield this power and to what extent it will play on the future and shaping of our social spaces.http://healthpolicy-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/biotech.jpg
In a more recent survey than the one I just cited, that was released on July 26 2016, researchers got people’s opinions on 3 emerging medical technologies: Gene editing to reduce a babies risk or disease all the way to making sure they were a certain height and had a certain hair color, synthetic blood with the aim of improving athletic ability, and finally perhaps one of the most out there was the idea that you could be given a brain implanted chip with the goal of improving ones cognitive ability and improve your retention of memories. The survey aimed to include a nationally Representative sample that featured more than 5 thousand American adults. In addition to this robust sample size, there was 47 people to discuss the technologies and their potential implications and thus to try to ascertain more about the humans opinions as they could be gleaned with only the survey, pure.
This being the case some argued that, “while no effort should be spared to help the sick, society should proceed with caution, regarding technologies that would boost the abilities of healthy people fearing a slippery slope towards the summary of the focus groups discussion.”
When it came to just gene editing there has recently gained ground, particularly with the rise of the technique refereed to by the fat cats as CRISPR, which if you know it lets scientists easily make changes to DNA. the tech has not yet been used in a person, but many researchers know it is possible and are urging that it get the green light.
Many people are afraid and rightfully so. This is because most Americans as we can see are living pay check to pay check. Something like this is going to cost a pretty penny, so who do we imagine is going to get first dibs at it. If you guessed the most Waspy white men in the world you were right. For a lot of people the idea of super honkies is a terrifying proposition and thus they are urging congress to slow the rate at which this can be done until it is at a price point more people can afford, or perhaps we just shouldn’t do it at all. Yeah getting old and dying is a scary proposition, we think life is short, but really its the longest things we’ll ever do. Within these debates what is coming to the fore is the repeated notion that begs the question and wants to get the core of what it means to be human in the fullest sense.
Facebook has led the world of social media for almost a decade now, but what is the secret behind its unprecedented prevalence? Facebook didn’t open the door to social media (MySpace and the like existed years before Facebook became a thing) nor did it offer a completely reformatted way of being a social media website at the time of its first rise to fame (unlike Twitter or Instagram for example, which were very different takes on what it meant to have an internet presence). So what is the ace up Facebook’s sleeve? How has it become the social media powerhouse that it is today, and what boundaries will it cross to continue its growth?
Perhaps the ace up Facebook’s sleeve is not one particular innovation performed by the company but instead its never-wavering focus on ways to be legitimately practical, if totally addictive. It started out by being a service and a way to share pictures on the internet, but as we know it’s now so much more than that. People can update their Facebooks they’re despite to confirm that ok being in a danger zone during some kind of natural disaster or terrorist act. Facebook has instant messaging and allows for posting videos. Life events, such as getting your braces off, can be announced to family members and friends through the useful service.
And that’s not even close to the full extent of that Facebook offers its users; Facebook recently started making the news available on its website, so people don’t have to leave their social media feed to skim articles about world events. Astonishingly, people can even make payments to each other using Facebook’s platform, a development that’s likely to be worrying to other payment apps like Venmo.
So with all of these conveniences paired with the social benefits and addictions that come with having a Facebook, it’s no wonder that so few people can seem to sign off of the service. Then there’s Facebook’s constant drive to find more and more new members, a drive so daringly ambitious that the company has taken up an interest in spreading access to the internet itself with the endgame being that Facebook’s services be accessible to more people. The company has offered free, if limited internet provision to some countries (Facebook was obviously among the websites made available) whose citizens lack the money or interest to pay for internet access.
Facebook has even started experimented with providing internet access via satellite lasers for countries that are open to having internet access but simply live on too difficult of terrain for the normal infrastructure necessary to internet access to be set in place. These are countries like the Philippines, where the national landscape is dotted with too many tiny islands to make fiber optic cables a tenable internet solution for the country’s residents. Afghanistan also poses a challenge to internet providers, as its difficult and mountainous terrain as well as the political unrest that has historically plagued the country together complicate any plans to set up infrastructure on the ground.