Sometimes I wonder if humans are actually destined towards a path of self destruction. And I don't mean extinction, but rather, towards a cess pool of genetic mish-mash that will drag down those with superior fitness and raise the feeble. (In essence, a reversion to the mean, a world of "just ok" humans)
We spend billions (actually, tens of billions) on agriculture genetics (read about the banana, apple, cauliflower, etc). And even more on animal/livestock enhancements. The biggest chickens, cows that produce the most milk, the most "purebred" racehorse, your little bug-eyed toy chihuahua, etc.
In a perfect world, we'd construct humans specifically designed for certain tasks, just as we do with animals/plants. It would make (most of) our lives so much better. (Ask yourself, why do you have a perfect 6 pack, gluts, thighs, and calf muscles if you spend 10 hours sitting on a chair?) If we could produce humans with bigger brains, eyes that don't strain (essentially, torsos perched on fixed pedestals) to do your quantitative analysis job, then you could actually use your abs, gluts, and legs to do something more suitable that gives you more utility/happiness (surfing, rock climbing).
Specialization in industry is widely accepted today for maximum efficiency. It's time we celebrate this outward success and look within, to our own bodies.
The "people-oids" in the year 2818 will look back and pity our poor souls. A generation who (for one, couldn't vacation on another planet) couldn't step over our self-imposed stigma of genetic alteration/design to create a society where people are designed as an embryo for specialized roles.
And while most of this post alludes to "design by occupation", the idea could be applied to a myriad of other (and sometimes darker) uses. Maybe to create extremely perfect specimens of physical and mental fitness. Or to create humans devoid of any feeling/emotion to be used purely for the enjoyment of others. The possibilities are endless.
I mean, I have nothing wrong with "maintaining the status-quo". In fact, I hate (the faux) innovation (that's so widespread today). HOWEVER, if you're going to push massive R&D spending on virtually EVERYTHING, purposely stunting research on creating the perfect human (for the task at hand) is somewhat irrational, don't you guys think? After all, aren't we the "best" species to ever roam the earth?