J. Hughes tackled disability and enhancement over the weekend at a conference I wish I could have attended. Walking the dangerous line between medicalizing every disability and relativism, Hughes hits the sweet spot:
So one of the consequences of enabling technologies, I argued, will be to reveal that we are all “disabled” relative to the higher states of ability, senses, emotions and cognition that will become routinely available. Paradoxically this will also a triumph of medicalization, since eventually every human condition will be “treatable.” So there is a real dystopian potential, and a real utopian opportunity, in this future. The dystopia is one where the majority of people see themselves as disabled because they lack access to enablement, and are constantly struggling with drug companies and doctors to afford what the affluent take for granted. The utopia is one where the majority have access to safe enabling technologies and choose which ones they will use.
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