In the past, losing a limb and surviving often meant the start of a life with disability.

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In the past, losing a limb and surviving often meant the start of a life with disability. Fortunately, through human ingenuity and research, biological engineering has helped change this. Mechanical hands that grasp and legs that walk can bring back the lost sense of a normal life and the outlook becomes brighter every year with each technological advancement. It is inherently within our nature to continue innovating and improving upon what already exists. This begs the question- how far will we go? This is an ethical question in the realm of that is just beginning to manifest itself. At the rate at which technology progresses and becomes more widely available, it is hard to not imagine a future in which one day replacement parts could…show more content…
When this happens, we lose our sense of affinity, and the hand becomes uncanny” (Mori 33). While in isolated situations this phenomenon can be seen as a simple quirk, it can lead to greater consequences down the road, given the right conditions. In the popular 2011 video game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the theme of how advancements in biotechnology can impact society on a large scale is explored. Set in the future, several decades from now, augmentations to the human body have become so advanced and routine, that people can pay a pretty penny to receive upgraded body parts. Those with wealth can ride the wave of the next step in human ability, while the have-nots of society are left behind. This results in a significant division among classes and the main protagonist/player is caught in the middle of the social unrest that ensues. The game portrays the subsequent discrimination between classes harbored by objective superiority. Many interesting questions are raised throughout the journey. Where is the line drawn between augmentations for recreational use and for necessity? To what extent should natures/God’s design of the human body be altered? Through the situations presented within the game, the player must make decisions based on their beliefs. Several decades ago, the science fiction narrative of Deus Ex: Human Revolution would seem too far beyond any degree of plausibility. However the last ten years has seen several events that are relatable. A significant

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