6

You can't Firstly there will never be enhanced human labour. What parent would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars buying improvements for their child to work as a labourer? This same child could be a star athlete, skilled surgeon, genius inventor etc. A labourer is a job for the genetically unenhanced. The bans would be based on ethical / religious ...


5

Psychological changes are ineviteably physiological changes of the brain. The brain has sections dedicated to specific tasks and nerve connections that connect and influence these partitions. If you rewired your own brain's connections right now without changing the brain partitions you could make yourself smarter, dumber, capable of a single task or many at ...


4

TL;DR - Make your protagonist think in ways that are clearly alien thought processes, but are still logically self-consistent on some level. Mental illness is defined by society, and tends to be very subjective. Just a few decades ago, homosexuality was listed in the DSM as a "mental illness." Even today certain sexual fetishes are listed as "mental ...


3

Realistically nothing, some people may want companionship beyond their ship, others not. Novelty value in interacting with other humans is a possibility. But you have already gotten rid of the greatest social urges so I assume people have lost most of the little ones as well. You've broken the nuclear family bonds which is one of our defining traits, so I'...


3

Completely unknownable Note that the answer I give isn't that a mind uplink to a synthetic mind is impossible. It's just that we currently don't have any idea how it might be done. Theoretically, it may be possible. If we draw a box outside around the human brain, we can call this box a 'closed system'. Furthermore, this 'closed system' is based in the ...


3

This process should be possible within the realm of science fiction. It would probably involve high levels of nanotechnology. After creating the synthetic body, nanorobots would surgically disconnect your spinal cord from the base of your brain without causing damage to it. They'd start disconnecting other nerves as well, and your brain would be de-skulled ...


3

I don't see how any country could not fall behind by banning human enhancements. The benefits as you have described them are just too strong to resist. There would be a huge underground market for augments and tons of research would be poured into hiding them. Think drugs in sports but many orders of magnitude worse. There are, however, a few enforcement ...


3

I'm assuming they are going full native here, and not just adapting to limit their reliance on technology like shipping in resources from other planets etc. Vision: Eyes will be pretty much useless, as they are primarily reliant on external light from the sun. Even if they are made to see infrared, they will only be useful for seeing other lifeforms (...


3

The law: There is no difference when facing the law. Solved. The problem you have is that people are a*holes. What make homosexual baby different from hetero one? What make dark skin baby different from the one that have reddish tint? What made the difference that homosexual adults couldn't marry? That a clerk didn't issued certificate even when she was ...


2

People will get used to it. I know this is not the answer you are looking for, but to me it seems likely things would just work themselves out. This kind of divide would not even be the greatest social divide to date. There would be some conflict in the beginning, but this would not be an issue for long because of 2 likely outcomes: Everyone becomes a ...


2

How strong his prostheses would be would depend entirely on his engineering (crafting) background. The reason I say this is because of the following line. "...into technology that he know how to build, or create..." With only a basic understanding of how steam gets converted into work he might be able to make a machine that does .2 horse power to .5 horse ...


2

I believe there may be methods available to distinguish the imposters from the genuine article, but it’s unclear how meaningful this distinction would be. There are three basic kinds of identification available: Something you know (for example, a password). In the scenario you’ve postulated, where all memories are copied and shared, this would not appear ...


2

My best suggestions would be: Making your character impervious to betrayal. They can be betrayed in the most gut-wrenching way but they seem able to shrug it off as if it's just a disappointment on a par with, say, finding that the library doesn't have the particular book they want. Having them react similarly to power. Taunts, power-plays enacted against ...


2

Since the most common and largest living spaces in the Solar system (and if conditions are similar elsewhere, then in the galaxy) are oceans hidden under the crusts of ice moons, then the most common post human adaptation would be to become fully aquatic beings living under the ice in these oceans. The first condition to solve (and actually the easiest) is ...


2

A normal sized red-colored human with red skin, with light producing organs, with antifreeze proteins with a form of sonar recognition. Background: The coldest known animals are microbes that have adapted to frozen temperatures and ice. These microbes, known as psychrophiles are the most likely life-form that is envisioned to live on Mars due to being able ...


2

Out of pure coincidence I've also had this concept in mind for a while. What I'm using for reference is the Ship of Theseus, take a boat, replace its parts and ask yourself is it still the same boat? Whats interesting is that the human body itself is like theseus' ship, constantly replacing itself. However it should be noted that brain cells aren't always ...


2

Start with the big five (or HEXACO) personality dimensions. These are the closest science has gotten us to personality/behavioral sliders. Here's a couple light primers: https://psychology.wikia.org/wiki/HEXACO_model_of_personality_structure https://www.verywellmind.com/the-big-five-personality-dimensions-2795422 Start with one of those and crank them ...


2

The complexity of the process described in this video shows the technological challenges https://youtu.be/2DWnvx1NYUA A second challenge: when you upload your mind, is it you or someone else like you? The following thought experiment brings up the paradox created when you upload the mind into a "copy" without destroying the original: https://youtu.be/...


2

The classic example here is perhaps Hans Moravec's early ideas on mind transfer and brain simulation. I'm not sure if he gave the procedure a name (as I haven't read the original work) but it is not unreasonable to call it Moravec uploading or migration. You will need: a system, hardware or software, capable of simulating a human brain. This is quite a tall ...


2

For the Ultimate Challenge "I abhor the idea of a perfect world. It would bore me to tears." - Shelby Foote "Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering" - Fyodor Dostoevsky Dostoevsky believed that if we ever achieved Utopia, the first thing we would do is destroy it just so something interesting would happen. One of ...


1

Everything. The question is basically what components of human psychology are defined by our genetics. The simplest answer to this is, well, everything. Our brains are entirely defined by our genetics. Millions of years of evolution have developed a thinking machine optimized to make copies of itself. Everything our minds are capable of exists, at least ...


1

I'm going to assume the question is 'What changes are possible?', and not 'What changes should we make', as the latter is opinion based. Brain development is interesting to say the least. But here's the deal - you're approaching it from the wrong end. It's much easier to mess with the human brain after it develops using surgery than before hand using ...


1

Light is too useful to intelligent life to trade it for an inferior information gathering source such as sonar. Your cold-dark folk might have sonar but it is not necessary. What is necessary is bio-luminescence. They should be able to give off enough light to walk across a pitch black landscape safely. Heat is also pretty useful to higher life, so ...


1

A person could be identified by how he thinks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1jXmJmmj3o The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over. But it can’t. Not without your help. And you’re not helping. Why is that, Leon? In Blade Runner, the replicants are identified because they do ...


1

The capability to perform mind upload implies the capability of modifying that same mind. It goes almost without saying that your posthumans would have extra 'features' from your point of view. Better memories, better recall, improved visualization, and ancillary routines. For example, when looking at a QR code they might be able to read it as if it was ...


1

Restrict usage to approved persons, rather than enforcing a total ban The easiest way to not fall behind by banning human enhancements would be to explicitly license them for government use. Sanctioned individuals, from families with strong military or political ties, and a strong likelihood of raising children that support the state, could receive ...


1

A law that extends the present/existing protections and rights of men to all humans. Something like this: As of [date], all the existing protections and rights benefiting men, without exception, should be extended, automatically and without discretion, to all members of the human species, without discrimination as to gender, sexual orientation, genetic ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible