Dear Fractal Future Forum Members,
My name is Bruno Lederer and I am at the age of 16, which means I am currently at the 10th grade.
I aim to achieve my higher education entrance qualification in the year of 2018 and to study molecular genetics and/or biomedical engineering in order to found a company specialized in human enhancement later on.
I’ve been interested in scientific topics since I was a child, which, in the end, led me into questioning the logic behind religion. Since I didn’t believe in higher powers anymore, I realized the problem of mortality, which I think isn’t inevitable. One of the biggest problems in our current civilization, in my opinion, is the infatuation of those people who believe death is inevitable, or, in fact, their unwillingness to tinker themselves with the scientific aspects and causes of death (which indeed could be treated with future technologies), which could lead them into drawing the same conclusions, I, and many other scientists have achieved.
That leads to the problem, that those people prevent the political system from seeing the necessity to advance the scientific efforts in that field. The same goes with our economy, which is forced into acting inhuman, in order to preserve their profit focused interests. Since this altogether interferes the overall progress in healthcare and life-extension, there seems to be a certain necessity to inform people and to get them involved themselves, for example by providing open access to academically insights, as well as creating a both social and progress oriented economic system.
My interest in transhumanism and related topics evolved probably around two years ago and was inspired by the Deus ex series, which led me to conceive the idea of modifying and upgrading healthy humans (human enhancement) for the first time.
By doing so and using genetic analysis, one could drastically decrease its lethality, which seems to be pretty desirable to me. Still there are a lot of problems to solve before starting to do so, even if overlooking the progress and development of the technologies itself. For example regarding the security in the case of cybercriminals achieving access to one’s personal system and being able to “remotely control” any individual which is vulnerable to a zero-day exploit for example. Those occur in our days at probably any operating system and even the prestigious companies can’t prevent those from doing so. Even if those are only temporarily dangerous, the consequences could be fatal and the concept of remotely controlling vehicles to ambush the drivers has already been used in reality.
Also the acceptance of those who are augmented, or, in a posterior phase of those who aren’t, confronts the government and the society with new challenges, since in no case the hostilities between different social classes should be enhanced as well. Still naturally they would, because with our momentarily healthcare system only the rich could afford their augmentations which would make them even “superior” to the other parts of the society. In order to prevent that from happening, it is necessary to make augmentations affordable to everyone by adapting the healthcare system and boosting the research by subsidizing it from governmental side.
At a certain point I started to realize, that the progress being achieved sooner or later in any way, can only be in the interest of mankind if a responsible government takes care of the challenges coming with it. Considering that, I decided to participate in the founding of a transhumanist party in Germany, where I live.