Zoltan Istvan, author of The Transhumanist Wager, predicted that soon there’ll be a Transhumanist Olympics, comparing its competitors with “our Prometheuses carrying the torch from Mount Olympus.” I believe he may be correct, and by June of this year, the world will witness the first steps in achieving it.
The FIFA World Cup will reportedly be kicking off its event with a special guest – a yet-to-be-chosen Brazilian teenager. What makes this kid so special, however, will be that s/he’s paralyzed. How then will s/he kick off the event? By using what is known as an exoskeleton suit, provided in thanks by the Walk Again Project.
The suit will be equipped with various sensors, from touch monitors to temperature readings. It is controlled via electrodes connected to the scalp that transmit a wireless connection to the suit allowing the wearer to walk and jog.
Compare this with the growing popular competition RoboCup, which will be making its first opening for the year in Magdeburg, Germany. Here, people watch a small fútbol match between robots, which is very entertaining!
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The difference here, however, will be that the World Cup in Brazil will star a real person merged with a machine that helps paraplegics walk again.
Soon enough, I believe, the World Cup and the RoboCup will come to blur in the next decade or two. Imagine going to a fútbol game and watching what appear to be human teams going one-on-one, but they are in fact cyborgs.
The strength, speed, and efficiency will almost assuredly enhance the visual experience of these games beyond anything we’ve ever seen in comparison to the already exciting fútbol games we watch today.
From there, we may witness Istvan’s Transhumanist Olympics – enhanced athletes going above and beyond what today’s athletes are capable of. It’ll be as if we’re witnessing a competition between Gods and Goddesses, inspiring their onlookers into becoming Gods themselves.
The World Cup will start off historically and will change the world forever.
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Photo Credit: Walk Again Project
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