Cyborgism Vs Augmentism Vs Hybridism, sort of sounds like a title from a science fiction book series, conjuring up images of terminator like robots battling perfect looking humans and Hybrid Man/Machines with energy weapons while the fate of the planet rests in the balance.
The image might not be far from reality in this case however, and it’s hard to admit something like that might ever happen but with the technologies that we are working on to improve the human condition there are some disturbing things coming to light which might , with the passage of time cause humanity to develop diverging paths to ensure continued existence and might possibly create factions, creating a rift between people who make those essential and compulsory choices.
When push comes to shove, would you decide on becoming a robot a genetically enhanced human or a hybird? , many won’t see a difference either way but when you get down to the core of each technology there are significant differences that will essentially create a rift between the entire species on selection of any one of the three core tech concepts.
Let me clarify hear what i mean by Cyborgism , Augmentism and Hybridism so we can be on the same page as we further the discussion.
What are Cyborgs and what is Cyborgism
When we talk about cyborgs, we’re essentially talking about people who have opted to ( either out of necessity or choice ) receive implants that are essentially mechanical in nature to replace biological analogs that are not functioning ( due to damage or disability ) to their optimal performance or perhaps because the significant enhancement brought on by said bio-mechanical device can provide functional enhancements that are necessary to perform a task.
Followers of Cyborgism ( coining a phrase here ) are a group of individuals who believe that the next step in the evolution of humanity involves Mankind Merging with Machines both internally and externally, to provide Functional Enhancements for all required life functions.
A Cyborgist will be a person who would rather get their own physical eye removed and replaced with a mechanical eye or a working limb with a mechanical prosthesis if it can grant him enhanced capabilities.
Why would someone do that you might ask, well, in the world of tomorrow, those who hold advanced tech will be the one’s who wield power.
What are Augmentists and what is Augmentism
Have you ever heard of people with exceptional abilities, people with enhanced natural physical strength, enhanced natural agility, excellent aim, perfect photographic memory, people who feel like they know what you are thinking before you say what you are thinking ?
Augmentism basically deals with enhancing the Human body holistically through the power of genetic manipulation and utilizing tech as a tool rather than an implant and bio-mechanical prosthesis.
Augmentism is the belief that humans can be perfected solely through genetic manipulation without resorting to a need of any kind of implant whatsoever, Proof that this is actually a belief can be found in the last decade of stem cell research and the genome project itself, although a broad label it applies to all branches of bio medical sciences that study , practice, and implement research that involves in the enhancement of existing physical human capabilities far beyond the norm.
We have been working on the human genome for a while now, and as time passes our technology evolves and becomes more and more refined, giving us abilities to wipe out ailments through genetic therapy, but we’re not stopping there are we, as always we are developing ways to not just eradicate ailments but also make our abilities and capabilities extend far beyond normal, think instant healing like the kind that Wolverine from the Xmen has, or super strength like the hulk inside a normal human body, or think the ability to run like Usain bolt for half a day straight without breaking a sweat, for now all these are just concepts but you can be damn sure someone in a laboratory somewhere is tinkering with mankind’s genetic code and creating the next generation of faster, stronger, smarter, disease free humans in a test tube.
I will not get into the debate on which is stronger at this point when hybridism is yet to be discussed, but if i have to say, i’d bet my money on Augmentists in winning an all out war.
we will make an allover chart comparing the basic features and analyse them across the board to get a clear picture of what the future holds for humanity and then start the discussion of what you’ll chose.
What are Hybridists and what is Hybridism
Hybridism is what it sounds, a perfect melding of an extremely genetically enhanced human with bio-mechanical-organics , implants that are both mechanical and biological in nature.
Imagine the perfect human, both in physical attributes and features and imagine said human being enhanced even further with state of the art Bio-Implant technology to create the perfect ageless superhuman hybrid.
( for those of you out there with religious sentimentality and perhaps the belief that all the modifications and augmentations to the human form i have discussed are perhaps blasphemous and sacrilegious, i urge you not to read any further. )
Hybridism is the concept that the perfect human cannot be created without the need for advanced mechanical augmentations specifically for higher brain functions , if not for physical enhancement as much.
Hybridists will choose the best of both worlds and apply the technologies that give them the edge over both factions ( and yes this is possible future factions of humanity we are talking about ).
I was working on a Short Story a while back in which i discussed The Binary, a Being crafted by both Man ( Augmentists ) and Machines ( Cyborgists ) in the final hour of their extinction to carry on the legacy of humanity and all it’s knowledge and the hope for revenge on those that destroyed them.
Perhaps i had Hybridists in mind when i wrote that story perhaps that was essentially the birth of the first Hybird but i digress, Hybridism is both at once terrible and fantastic to look at.
The Eventual Rift.
When i look at how mankind is evolving and the essential difference in concepts and thought , resources and belief for all three factions i start looking at a future where humanity is divided and possibly at war with itself in a struggle for domination and ultimate rule over the planetary resources.
I am in no way claiming that i’m channeling the spirit of Nostradamus, for all i know we’re all about to be blown to smithereens from an Extinction Level Impact event in the not too distant future and all our tech might possibly be wiped out from the imminent shift in the magnetic poles.
All i am trying to say is , i see a possibility where mankind branches into these various schools of thought and eventually gets so entrenched in their respective beliefs and understandings that they basically find themselves in conflict for their very survival.
Why and How It Will Happen
have you seen Elysium ? ( no i’m not basing the entire premise of my discussion off that one movie i’m just using it as one measly example out of the 100′s of examples present in popular fiction )
( SPOILER ALERT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED ELYSIUM – BUT HONESTLY YOU DIDN”T MISS ANYTHING MATT DAIMON GAVE A CRAPTACULAR DISPLAY OF DOUCHEBAGGERY IN THE FORCED AND TERRIBLY AWKWARD ACTING HE DID -STILL IF YOU WANNA WATCH THE MOVIE – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK )
In Elysium we see mankind divided, the rich live in space on board their little ring like space station Dubbed the Elysium, with their little Soirees and their Caviar and Escargot and their MediVacs in every home that can heal apparently almost everything ( quite possibly even death – although that’s not explicitly mentioned yet subtly implied ), while the bulk of humanity lives in desolation and isolation on earth, building the bots that the rich people of Elysium use to control them ( which is kind of hugely ironic really ) .
Now essentially the same concept but with a plot twist.
We all know that basic medical healthcare is provided to the masses , and yes prosthetic limbs are also a part of that healthcare, when implants will be developed they will obviously be provided the the rich as well as the masses alike for the rich so they can become stronger and for the poor so they can keep working.
I can possibly see a future when we do away with extensive mechanization and provide basic implants to workers that comply with their job requirements such as construction workers being outfitted with arm implants that contains suitable work related tools as part of the implant allowing them to work faster efficiently with more precision.
The idea for cyborg implants will be sold as a dream to the masses, and the Sheeple will most certainly follow and adapt, the same way we adapted to Fluoride in the water and other impositions, laws , taxes and reforms because we believe in the establishment, we believe that it’s for the greater good ( let me make one thing clear here though i’m not conspiracy theorist and i am not trying to dissuade you or try to tell you that Big Brother is not out for the greater good that’s not my job)
All i will try to do is show you in as few words as possible the billions an billions of human lives, and the hundreds of generations of humans that will come to live and die before the future i am telling you comes to pass, the age we will all know as the golden age of technology, when we learn how to harness the universe’s energies effectively, and develop solutions to the pressing problems of humanity and the evolution of humanity itself will come to pass, we will develop ways to enhance our capacities with technology to a point we will essentially merge with the machine in an irreversible manner and become the first true cyborgs and later realize after conflict and struggle that perhaps man and machine were not meant to be merged and that the symbiosis between man and machine is not the pinnacle of humanity’s evolution, and start creating better humans through biology which is the point in human history when the whole of humanity at once decides on augmentism over cyborgism.
A time will come when cyborgs might be outlawed, possibly hunted, they might possibly be downtrodden or shunned from society because of memories of past conflicts, but they will survive, because they have essentially solved their first problem, longevity, so they will never truly be wiped out, perhaps they will hide, perhaps they will go away, but they will never truly be gone they will become the poor who cannot afford to have their children genetically enhanced to give them a normal life and from that adversity and the stigma of the past horrors and wars hanging over their shoulder and their need for survival they will, from necessity opt for implants to give their children a fighting edge in the dog eat dog world of the future.
The world shall embrace a new standard of human evolution, and in the new augmentist society there will be some who will yearn for something greater, who will remember the strength of the cyborgs and wish to harness it for their own, oppressed cyborgs will seek to separate from the command of their oppressors and the cyborg factions will be born, the augmentists in their struggle to achieve ultimate dominance will birth the hybrids and thus we will reach the final impasse the essential divide between humanity and the birth of the three factions in their entirety, The Cyborgs, The Hybrids, The Augmentists , and only the strongest shall survive.
Can This or Will This Really Happen
I will be completely honest with you , for the moment what sounds like a fiction novel but this is quite possibly the reality of mankind’s future, again i am not Nostradamus, i am just a man who observes from the sidelines, a man who is not biased or prejudiced in any way against the advancement and evolution of humanity.
What i have learned in my studies for writing this article is the prevalence of the precursor technologies that might possibly lead to the events i have described above.
This is all a logical discussion and i urge you to share your knowledge below in comments because when we learn together we grow and evolve , and understanding the how’s and the why’s is the best way to avoid a future where humanity is divided.