Would You Hack Your Body for a Superpower?

By Kaila Hale-Stern on at

Today, we rediscovered that people are willing to go to extreme lengths to gain mutant-like abilities. Are you one of them?

I’m going to guess that most of us wouldn’t turn down strange powers, no matter how many cautionary X-Men comics we’ve read. And while we’re a long way from getting our hands on the alien Asgardian tech that features prominently in The Avengers, science continues to bristle with real possibility for enhancement. Human lab rats are testing out nootropics in an attempt to pump up their brainpower. Giz US Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz has a short-range RFID chip in her arm that renders her at least 5% cyborg. And Dann Berg wrote about his experience having a rare earth magnet implanted in his finger.

But these hacks, though badass, are only the beginning of a no doubt glorious future of superhumans. I like to imagine where we’d go if Really Weird Movie Science was in play.

So today, we ask you to ponder two questions: 1.) would you volunteer to undergo a new, untested, possibly disastrous procedure, if the outcome meant you might emerge superhumanly enhanced? And 2.) which superpower would be worth the risk?

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