Primary technology of Tier N/A
- "Strong machines rally weak flesh when the spirit is willing!"
- Vadim Kozlov, Axioms from the Minutes of the Central Directorate
Colonial bioethicists restrict the phrase “human augmentation” to non-therapeutic applications of neuro-, cyber-, gene- and nano-technologies to “improve” human beings. Research in voluntary augmentation focuses on increasing normal human performance through nanomedicine, neural implants, transgenetics, and endogenous artificial nutrition. As an example, one recent advance in the field has been the design of radioisotope nanogenerators that synthesize glucose and amino acids from the atmosphere, allowing a human to go weeks without ingesting food. Whereas on Old Earth potential, albeit crude, methods for augmenting humans was the subject of heated ethical debate, such concerns have not been a factor in augmentation research on this planet. In fact, many colonists see such procedures as an essential step to transhumanism.