Body and Enhancement Technology

An issue of: East Asian Science, Technology and Society

Body and Enhancement Technology
Journal Issue Pages: 112 Volume 10, Number 1 Published: March 2016 An issue of East Asian Science, Technology and Society
Special Issue Editor: Eunjeong Ma

This issue explores the practice of applying science and technology to expand our cognitive and physical capacities. Covering global Asia, these articles investigate enhancement in relation to aesthetics, genetics, cognition, and musculature and consider enhancement’s ethical and societal implications. The contributors address a range of topics—from elite sports to the socioeconomics of plastic surgery in South Korea to memory devices in Blade Runner—and problematize increasing efforts to engineer and augment human bodily functions. This issue illustrates how the emergence of new technologies and their merging with the body will challenge our perception of normal human conditions: our physical strength, our appearance, and our cognitive capabilities.


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