Our research activities are targeted to strategically and permanently advance the field. We focus on building systems and translatable knowledge, because the ultimate validation comes from real-world results.
What will be needed for a full-body transformation? A lot. So, in 2018, we wrote two keystone whitepapers that formed the basis of our technical research strategy. The first whitepaper classified the general types of anatomy that need changed, and the second whitepaper considered how much work would be needed in areas of research like bioprinting, neuroprosthetics, genetics, and surgical techniques.
Just as important are social and legal considerations. In 2019, we awarded a grant to Ben Ramanauskas which made it possible to publish an academic article in Economic Affairs (February 2020) about body autonomy, entitled “BDSM, body modification, transhumanism, and the limits of liberalism”. The article surveys laws and landmark court cases, makes a case for reform, and describes expected benefits from reform as well.
Our technical research has progressed into more specific, focused projects, with the intent of producing deliverables that work:
- Our 3D Anatomy project is creating a CAD-like computer application to customize characters, and is also expected to benefit medical imaging and patient-specific care more broadly. Our code is under an open source license, and we see the app as being critical to eventually enable the engineering required for real-world full-body transformation.
- Our Integument Review project is surveying and structuring biological knowledge about how fur, feathers, scales, and skin works. That includes cell signaling, embryonic development, comparing and contrasting different integument types, and identifying “knobs to turn” for transformations.
- Tail project. Collaboration with external partner. Currently in planning stages with confirmation by external partner. Details TBA.
See our ongoing research projects and review our results ->