Will mankind evolve into a perfect being?

by Calvin Smith

Resistance is futile! Fans of the Star Trek science fiction franchise will recognize the classic phrase as a chilling warning delivered by humanity’s arch nemesis; the Borg.

The Borg were a group of beings that had been integrated together via technological implants that over-rode individual’s consciousness to form one massive hive–like existence for its members. They despised individualism above all and prized technology as a tool to further their cause, conquering entire races by absorbing them into their “collective” by force (or destroying those that resisted) hence the threatening phrase above. Their “cybernetic” implants were their most sinister and recognizable hallmark. By taking the best of every raced they subjugated, they were formidably powerful beings. But was this just science fiction?

Those that relegate such ideas to fantasy or fiction might be jarred by modern headlines like the following; “Professor to Surgically Implant Camera in His Head”1. Many might consider such an act as bizarre, but the New York University photography professor is apparently attempting this as part of an art exhibit. The concept of surgical implants is becoming exceedingly more common in all levels of society.

Whether for safety reasons (tracking devices/chips), medical reasons (neural/dental implants) or purely cosmetic reasons (breast, extraocular implants) many people seem more comfortable with a blending of technology and their bodies.

The idea of using science to enhance our standard of living is of course a practical and biblical concept, as we now live in a sin–cursed world and so need to use whatever means we can to help us overcome threats such as crime, disease and disasters. But some have thought to use science for quite some time now in a more sinister and far reaching manner….

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