Performance Enhancing Drugs a Century from Now

lance-armstrong-yellow-shirt-seven-winsLance Armstrong was under severe fire from accusers for years. This week he came out and admitted to regularly using performance enhancing drugs. While a lot of people yell their silly-ass hearts out about “cheating”, I have to remind them of the $500 million Lance’s foundation raised for cancer research, and more importantly, of the millions of cancer patients to whom he had given hope (and continues to give hope).

Of course, witch hunts are nothing new, and will always be part of a population that does not frequently suffer from bouts of empathy and rationality.

Moreover, the fact that doping was part of the cycling culture makes me wonder about the future of performance enhancing drugs in 10 years, 50 years, and 100 years. The line between what is and isn’t seen as “cheating” by the public has evolved over the years. It’s a line of the “I know it when I see it” variety. Most certainly there will be technological innovation in the fields of genetics, biochemistry, nanorobotics, prosthetics, etc, that will drastically expand the realm of what the human body is capable of doing with a little (or a lot of) help from science.

Will these be seen as cheating? There are no easy answers, especially in modern-day sports were both PED use and evidence-free accusations are rampant.

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