Those of you that have known me for a while know that I have a saying, “Stupid Human Body.” We, as humans, are afflicted with all sorts of diseases, conditions, injuries, issues, etc. It seems rather silly to me that we should have to deal with all of these things.
I just got over a 3-day migraine-induced bender. Yes, most people choose to go on a bender, I guess my body decided to give me one because I wasn’t fulfilling my quota or something. I’ve never had a multi-day migraine before, it’s pretty awful. I won’t bore you with all the symptoms and details and such, but suffice it to say, it’s not something I’m looking forward to dealing with again in the future.
Just before that lovely event, I had yet another food poisoning issue. Or maybe I’m having reactions to something, though don’t ask me to explain what because I can’t find any real pattern. I’ve had far more ‘off’ than ‘on’ days this week.
Right now modern medicine has the ability to replace various parts of the human body. We can replacer knees, hips, and even have some crude attempts at replacement prosthetics with some interactive capabilities. There are electric ears, and even replacement electronic retinas for certain individuals. What I dream of is the day when we can skip replacing various bits and pieces and instead replace the entire body.
Ghost in the Shell is an Anime / Science Fiction show that explores that possibility. In it, characters can be anywhere from fully human to only having their “Ghost” remaining, the essence of their humanity in the form of only retaining their brain inside of a mechanical body. Any physical injury that damages parts is easily fixed since the parts can be replaced, and the brain casing itself is nearly indestructible. The idea of food poisoning, migraines, or any other common ailment is basically not applicable. Aging is even vague as one can swap out to any body type as long as it can be afforded.
Are we going to get there in my lifetime? Nope. It will happen though, assuming humanity continues making progress and doesn’t fall into another dark age from the various calamities we’re currently facing. On a personal note, I’m just hoping that since I’ve just had all of my typical calamities, I should be free and clear for a while to continue doing what I want to do.