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Metaverses are immersive virtual worlds accessed through gaming consoles, VR headsets and computers. In them, you can do almost anything you’d do in the real world, like play sport and express yourself through fashion. Interestingly, the metaverse itself is already changing what these activities will likely mean to us in future.
In the future, will we each have a digital bio-twin beside us, ready to whisper in our ear when our biometric data shows we’re at risk? Scientists say genes affect our lifespan by just 10 to 25 percent, making preventing illness key to extending our lives. Today, tech that quantifies our biophysical performance abounds, and more is on the way. But how should we protect our precious and private health information, while taking advantage of these powerful, possibly life-extending tools? And what can be done about the missing data of women, people of color and others historically ignored by medical research?
When researchers created a ‘third thumb’ prosthesis and taught people how to use it, they found changes in the brain. As we see advanced convergence of embedded body tech into non-medical uses, we must explore the potential for unintended consequences alongside benefits like productivity and convenience. Today, systems like passports and medical ethics struggle to accept people augmented for non-medical reasons. Will we need a bill of cyborg rights?
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