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SUPERHEROES AND SUPERPOWERS

Fascinated by super heroes and super powers, I began to investigate human enhancement
strategies. What are we already doing and what can be done in the near future to become smarter, faster and more beautiful?

In a world where nose jobs and fake boobs are commonly accepted, where bodybuilding competitions are divided in "drug free" and "everything goes" categories - what is next?

Companies arealready developing prosthetics that enable humans to run faster and jump higher every year. Thought-controlled robotic limbs with sensors send feedback to the wearer about temperature and pressure. DARPA's "Future Warrior 2020" will have x-ray vision and super strength.

Gene therapy has been developed to cure diseases but can as well be used to boost human performance. Biotechnology and genetic engineering may offer a whole range of possibilities to design and enhance the human body!

What super hero features could and might we want to build into the human race?
And if so - will we be super ... or just enhanced?

lecture series at the Royal College of Art
2006 / 2007