Sunday, March 16, 2014

Body Mods


Everyone wants to be special.  Go to your nearest water park and you will see the desperate way that people want to be unique.

Tattoos, piercings and all manner of decoration are normal.

Modafinil and other drugs for those who expect more than coffee.

Height is what you make it.

Where is this going?

It seems clear to me is that we are driven to improve ourselves and our children.  (beware the children link is disturbing)

This isn't a blog about blame, so keep your Barbie hate or whatever to yourself.  Here I attempt to guess at what will be the next change(s) that push markets and people to a new place, a new reality.

Body Mods are currently split into two segments.  The poor get tattoos, piercings and maybe ear loops.  The rich buy drugs and get surgery.

The moment you have all been waiting for.... the prediction.  This time there are several.

The body mod that we all want is not coming any time soon.  My prediction is that modifications for weight control will be suppressed and will take an additional 10 years to be approved around the world.  Reasonable weight control drugs that would enable people to get to a standard BMI and maintain it without diet or exercise will be ready for commercial consumption by 2028 but they will not be available.  There is just too much money to be made in the fat business.

Drugs to promote muscle growth, increase libido, alter moods more effectively, increase focus and memory will be available over the counter by 2025.  These will be expensive in relative terms but there will be a large portion of the world who will pay.

Surgery for height will increase in popularity and you will know someone who has had the procedure by 2025.

Implanting memory units will at first be for those with lost memory but it will quickly become an add-on for the rich.  Expect that by 2030 surgery to improve your memory might sound reasonable.

I don't want to go to far into the future or get too silly.... so I will end it there.

So what do you think?.... Go ahead and tell me that I'm wrong.  This is just a silly guess.