Reporting from the Fount of Knowledge

The Frontier Channel returns today from a remarkable new setting for observing the frontiers of science and technology: the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being one of the premier centers for planetary science research in the United States and home to the upcoming Phoenix mission to Mars, UA is home to ophthalmologist Jim Schwiegerling. Dr. Schwiegerling is currently at work on a new generation of corrective laser eye surgery that should result in vision enhancement superior to current human abilities, by the end of this decade.

Rather than simply treating or correcting human medical conditions and diseases, research is poised to bring to the public technology to enhance human abilities. Bionic ears that are superior to the best biological ears, corrective laser eye surgery that results in 20/10 or better vision, drugs that decrease our dependence on sleep, and life-extension compounds are just some of the technologies that are expected in the next five years to begin confusing our definition of what it means to be human.

Meanwhile, I will be working on degrees in Physics and Astronomy and may volunteer as a human guinea pig.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).