Technology v Humanity – Which Way to Jump?

By Tim Bean –

NEWS:  “The 9th annual International Medical Anti-ageing Conference will once again be held in London this Friday and Saturday, the 21st and 22nd of September.”

Comment:  It was great pleasure being invited by the organisers several months ago to address this years conference, to highlight the work we’re currently doing in the field of “Executive Longevity”.

Amongst other topics, my presentation will be looking ahead at cutting-edge developments in our industry, including the potential for traditional health and wellness protocols to merge and co-exist with advancing technologies in the future.  And I mean REALLY advanced.

This could include latest 3-D printing of replacement body parts, artificial blood replacement, low cost genomic sequencing, artificial bio-intelligence, telemedicine, robotics, 24/7 body wearable/embeddable diagnostic monitors, smart pills, stem cells, synthetic biology and gene therapy!

This is by no means mainstream thinking right now, but the technology already exists, and will rapidly become a part of our lifestyles within the next 5 to 10 years, if not sooner, whether we like it or not.

Of course the question will arise, “Do we lose an element of our humanity when we integrate ultra-high tech with our health, and will we end up abdicating our responsibility for self-care to technology?”

I don’t know – it’s possible.  But maybe it’s all to do with our approach and how we frame these advancements as they’re introduced.

Perhaps there’s a place for integrating advanced-tech interventions, treatments and protocols as ENHANCEMENTS to a fundamentally sound physiology.  I could see that, but I believe in order to be truly effective, it would only makes sense to take place in that order.

After all, there’s no point putting a brand new roof on a building riddled with borer….


One thought on “Technology v Humanity – Which Way to Jump?

  1. Graham Jones

    Interesting…and I am sure your talk will go down extremely well. The technological enhancements all sound rather science fiction like and more akin to the world of Dr Who, but probably no more so than when the notion of using a pig’s heart valve to replace a worn out human one was mooted, or the idea that you could use stainless steel to replace a worn out hip joint, or the suggestion that you could insert tiny bits of plastic into your eye so that you could see properly and be free of wearing glasses. When all of these ideas were first put forward there was no doubt discussion about whether or not we were allowing somewhat poor human bodies to go beyond their natural means. Having said that, some of the technologies you are going to talk about are mind boggling indeed…! I always remember my anatomy lecturer at university telling me that the human body could last for 120 years easily without any intervention, as long as people lived healthy lives in a pollution free world. But he always said with enhancements, even rather poor specimens could be kept functioning for a lot longer – and he said that back in the late 1970s. I would love to hear your talk – hope it appears on YouTube after the conference.

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