All technology is modifying humans
Supporters say that we've always sought ways to extend life and improve the human species and that to do otherwise would be to cede our destiny to the slowly grinding wheels of evolution.
"You can either try to live as if we're still on the savanna, or try to design the human body to live in the circumstances we're in now."
"Almost always, new developments evoke horror and fear and gradually acceptance. We saw that with in vitro fertilization and organ transplantation," said Robyn S. Shapiro, director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics at the Medical College. "This is a little bit different. This is really tinkering with the basic building blocks of who we are."
Such changes, she adds, raise the specter of eugenics, the discredited notion of improving the human race by restricting reproduction to only those people with traits deemed "desirable."
The first guy who sharpened a stick to a point was enhancing his body. The speer lengthened his reach and gave him claws. The gap between haves and have-nots they speak of in the article has always been there. It always will be there. There will never be an infinite quantity of resources for every living thing. Lions developed good night vision to hunt at night. Owls developed amazing hearing and balance to hunt at night. Horses grew longer legs and the ability to run for long periods of time. They also run in herds. Lets face it, all living things evolve or die. The trilobite ran the oceans umpteen gazillion years ago. They are all gone now because they didn't have umbrellas. Perhaps some other reason killed them off. Well, we have umbrellas. This makes us more likely to make it than the lowly trilobite. Hope so anyway.
Having been legally blind all of my life, I welcome cybernetic technology that enhances the human body and mind. I suffered for years at the whim of healthy dick-heads who never had a headache or a sick day in their lives. They made damned sure I was in my place every minute. If I had an advantage at the time like enhanced dexterity, improved concentration, or the ability to spell, I would have been a far happier child. I might have learned more in school. I would have done better in college. It would not have taken me nearly this long to conquer the universe with my army of cybernetic ex-cripples.
I believe that while the western civilization sits on it's hands bitching about the moral implications of genetically enhanced eyelash length, the Chinese et al are going to bust their ass to guarantee their superiority for many generations.