So Mrs G was browsing Netflix the other day and she started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation from series 1 episode 1 - being a bit of a Trekkie I wholly encouraged the idea.
Anyway, some of the imagined future tech in the shows got me thinking ....
The transporter supposedly works by breaking the target down into particles/energy (which according to physics can be interchangeable providing conservation of energy etc are followed), this stream of particles/energy is then projected to a target point and reconstituted. At the same time a snapshot image of the target's energy/particle pattern is created to safeguard against almost all malfunctions.
My thought was assuming all the quantum mechanics conditions such as conservation of energy and/or matter were met could the reconstituted form was able to be altered, i.e allowing male (female) A to specify height, body shape, hair length, bust (genital) size etc and be reconstituted as female (male) A. The limitation would be how long the saved image could be preserved for, after this time the change would be irreversible and become permanent. Female (male) A would have to return before the expiry point to be returned to "normal" having enjoyed a much-enhanced transgender experience.
If this allowed transporter tech could be adapted to allow either short-term gender change or permanent gender change, I could see the short-term option becoming the cross-dressing of the future, the advantages would be that the cross-dresser would now have a real, anatomically correct body relating to their gender choice available when they wished to present as the opposite gender.
The long-term/permanent option whilst undoubtedly quicker and less traumatic than today's methods would still, in my opinion, require some counselling since once the saved image had degraded beyond usefulness there would be no going back, except perhaps by choosing another body-form (This mirrors the few cases where a gender reassigned person has requested a second change to go back to their original gender and has discovered that some aspects can't be restored completely and require prosthetic substitutes). Obviously many of the psychological aspects of gender-change would still apply and these would still need to addressed to prepare the individual for their new life.
However, the "possibilities" of such applications should such tech be invented pose some interesting questions and it is quite nice to imagine a world where we could venture forth without make-up sponsored by DIY wall fillers or our inherent physical characteristics acting as a huge neon arrow above us (imagined or otherwise). Or the ability to wear clothing regardless of style or cut, as there would no longer be the need to disguise that certain parts existed or were prosthetic.
Anyone else got any thoughts on the future of our gender-dysphoric section of society?
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