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Augmentation
Augmentation
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Enhancing natural physical or mental abilities through the use of organic, cybernetic, bionano, or hylonano technology. The resulting augment is a person whose physical or cognitive abilities have been biologically and/or technologically expanded beyond the range of baseline humans.

Biological augmentation involves muscle, gland or neural grafting, xenotransplantation, and phenotypic engineering

Bionic augmentation employs the use of cybernetic and nanocybernetic prostheses.

Nanitic augmentation makes use of implanted or injected nano to radically change the original individual, for example bionano genome retroengineering and nanocyborgization.

Augmentation may be done for aesthetic purposes, because of peer pressure, memetic or subliminal persuasion, or as part of an employment contract. For example, non-Empledok-cetic sophonts require heavy augmentation in order to operate Empledok-cetic ultratech.

Augmentation is legal in most societies and polities, although in non-libertarian polities radical augmentation is generally regulated or at least monitored, and must be prominently noted on medical records. Employers will sometimes subsidize augmentation procedures for employees in unique or hazardous vocations, with a contract restriction requiring a minimum term of service for the employee.
 
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    Biological or genetic modification or augmentation that effects the phenotype only. It alters the characteristics of the user, and sometimes also that of clones from the user's somatic cells, but it does not modify the user's offspring. Contrast with genotypic augmentation.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 03 November 2001.

 
 
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