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January 22nd, 2007
The corporate culture issues surrounding the arrival of a new application can be daunting. The ethical dilemmas around RFID can be polarizing. But within the next few decades, CIOs are going to face something that will make such problems seem juvenile - the issues surrounding human enhancement.
A new book, Citizen Cyborg (Basic Books, October 2004), by Dr James Hughes raises serious questions about how society must come to grips with technologies that can improve human senses, intelligence and lifespans. As a result of nanotechnology, genetic engineering, new pharmaceuticals and high-tech implants, CIOs will be faced with quandaries they'd have trouble imagining today.
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