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Developments in genetics, nanotechnology and medicine throughout the XXI and XXII centuries have made humanity to evolve. In developed regions on Earth people can live up to 145 years and are faster, more intelligent, stronger and healthier than any other human being at the beginning of the XXI century.
Today, the average citizen has access to a wide array of biotechnology implants and personal medical devices. These include fully artificial organs that never fail, bionic eyes and ears providing Superman-like senses, nanoscale brain interfaces which greatly augment the wearer's intelligence, synthetic blood and bodily fluids which can filter deadly toxins and provide hours' worth of oxygen in a single breath.
Some of the more adventurous citizens are undergoing voluntary amputations to gain prosthetic arms and legs which boost strength and agility by orders of magnitude. There is even a form of artificial skin based on nanotech which can be used to give the appearance of natural skin when applied to metallic limbs.
These various upgrades have become available in a series of gradual, incremental steps over preceding decades – such that today, they are pretty much taken for granted. They are now being utilised by a wide sector of society, with even those in developing countries having access to at least some of the available upgrades due to exponential trends in price performance.
If a fully upgraded person of the 2170s were to travel back in time at the beginning of the 21st century and be integrated into the population, they would be superior in every way imaginable. They could run faster than the greatest athletes of the time, leaping and bounding tremendous distances; they could survive multiple gunshot wounds; they could cope with some of the most hostile environments on Earth without too much trouble. Intellectually, they would put the likes of Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare to shame – thanks to the hyperfast AI merged directly with their brain.
Life expectancy at born changes depending on the region, planet, or system:
- Earth: 145 years
- Earth's least developed areas: 101 years
- Mars: 112 years
- Solar System colonies: 97 years
- Imvusa Ikhaya: 100 years
- Tau Ceti (doesn't include Imvusa Ikhaya): 88 years
- Domus Ruber: 105 years
Regulation and Production
Along with organs replacement, there exists hundreds of augmentations and modifications made for the human body that can improve life quality and extend life; some are given from birth others can be purchased. Prices and quality of these treatments vary but almost every human can afford some.
Human Genetic, and Physical Heritage Act enacted by the UN in 2091 controls and limits human augmentations; like limiting the reach of modifications in some cases (e.g. nobody can make his body capable of digesting plastics) or marking a quota in others (e.g. limiting the size and number of neural augmentations).
Although hypothetically a human being can become immortal with this treatments, physical immortality was made illegal by the UN Presidium in 2130, being 200 years the human life limit, thus "limiting accumulation of overwhelming power by any human being and providing a worthy life cycle for every man, woman and asexual". Moreover, virtual immortality through conscience shedding is completely legal. The oldest conscience alive is Mgolo de LaFayette with 190 years; though he suffers from severe cognitive and mental degradation even with support and treatment from an AI, posing questions if humans could ever become immortal.
Two companies, Serrano Genomika (Colombian based) and Lågström Genomics (Norwegian founded), hoard 68% of the market, both having contracts with the UN's armed forces for recruits enhancing.
Human body has been heavily changed in the last century. If we put together a 2010's average person with a 2190's person, the first one would look like a subhuman: weaker (both physical and intellectual), slower, shorter, and ugly.
There are 10 main categories of Human Modification Technologies:
- Lifestyle Adjusting
Many of these modifications are given at birth or during gestation, while other need to be bought. More detailed characteristics, types, and costs of each technology characteristics is presented bellow:
|Tech Category||Description||Main Technologies Involved||Examples||Applications||Restrictions|
|Repairing||Technologies applied to a body to endow it with self healing capabilities||Nanotechnology, and Pico-technology.||B-Blood: capable of fighting any disease or pathogen and that carries x5 oxygen||Biblical life span. Military level tech enables soldiers to become supermen||Most of them are free for everybody.|
|Life Style Adjusting||Technologies that go outside the relevance of casual fitness.||Nanotechnology and Drugs||Increasing of muscular mass and bone density for adaptation for a high gravity environment.||Interplanetary migration, Armed forces enhancement.|
|Augmenting||Renewable attachments that enhances an user's capabilities.||Usually in the form of nanotechnology-based mechanical inputs||New tendons or new eyes or even merging intelligence with a VI.||Increasing an athlete's pulmonar capacity|
|Boosting||Enhancing and boosting existing capabilities, mainly biological ones||Mostly in the form of drugs.||Kusunai: former-ilegal drug that provides the user with increased sensibility and reflexes speed for a short period of time.||Faster reaction in combat situations. Accelerating a fetus' development|
|Embellishing||Providing permanent or semi-permanent external change of the body.||Nanotechnology, nanotech-based implants and Plastic Surgery||Eye color changing, choosing skin textures, or even changing tattoos once a week.|
|Replacing||Permanently replacing a limb or an organ with one that works better or simply to replace a malfunctioning one.||Biotech, Nanotech.|
|Adding||Permanently integrating something to the human body.||Nanotech-based implants, nanobots and biotech.||MyPal: A computer in the brain|
|Altering:||Changing the elemental structure and function of the biologic systems of the human body||Biotech, nanotech, picotech||There are two types: Restructuring and Redefining Technologies||Highly regulated by the UN.|
|*Restructuring||Improves nature's designs or rearranges some systems||Biotech, nanotech, picotech||Digesting plastic or living on electricity and sun light.|
|*Redefining||A change so great that the subject barely resembles a human being. Sometimes this changes make the subject unrecognizable as a human being, making it an entire new species: techno sapiens.||Biotech, nanotech, picotech||"Humans" capable of living in the vacuum of space|
Modification, augmentation, and alteration of the human condition (reproduction, lifestyle and body)
Pod Humans, or popularly called Podys, are essentially clones gestated in ectogenic tanks. Most of them are decerebrated or are capable of low sapience (similar to that of a dog or a toddler). While not very intelligent, most tend to be overspecialized and thus constitute a very efficient workforce.
Production of Pod Humans and that of the tanks are regulated by the Life Regulation Authority.
Despite their primordial role as soldiers during the Kisa Wars Podys are often a source of controversy, ranging from modern slavery to religious and philosophical debates of what being human is.
Are humans that are gestated inside a natural or artificial uterus.