I want you to get out and make it work Although this book started out as an individual project, in the end a great many people, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous, helped make it possible through proofreading, fact-checking, recommending sources, editing, and more. To acknowledge only a small part of this help, the author would like to thank John, Jose, Vila Kula, aaaa! Thanks to Jessie Dodson and Katie Clark for helping with the research on another project, that I ended up using for this book.
When Will We Be Transhuman? We can at least pretend to know where it is we want humanity to go. We hope that laws we craft, the technologies we invent, our social habits and our ways of thinking are small forces that, when combined over time, move our species towards a better existence.
The question is, How will we know if we are making progress? As a movement philosophy, transhumanism and its proponents argue for a future of ageless bodies, transcendent experiences, and extraordinary minds. Social and political progress must accompany the technological and biological advances for transhumanism to become a reality.
But how will we able to tell when the pieces finally do fall into place?
In an attempt to answer, I responded with what I saw as the three key indicators: As I groped through the intellectual dark for these three points, it became clear that the precise technology and how it worked was unimportant.
Instead, we need to figure out how technology may change our lives and our ways of living. Unlike the infamous jetpack, which defined the failed futurama of the 20th century, the 21st needs broader progress markers. Here are seven things to look for in the coming centuries that will let us know if transhumanism is here.
When we think of the future, we think of technology. But too often, we think of really pointless technology — flying cars or self-tying sneakers or ray guns.
Not the way the washing machine or the cell phone changed the way life happens. Those are real inventions. It is in that spirit that I considered indicators of transhumanism.
Think of it this way: With that mindset, I propose the following seven changes as indicators that transhumanism has been attained.
The arrival of prosthetics and implants for organs and limbs that are as good as or better than the original. Those who use prosthetics would compete with or surpass non-amputees in physical performances and athletic competitions. Included in this indicator are cochlear, optic implants, bionic limbs and artificial organs that are within species typical functioning and readily available.
If you ever find yourself seriously considering having your birth-given hand lopped off and replaced with a cybernetic one, you can tick off this box on your transhuman checklist. There are three ways we could improve our cognition. In order of likelihood of being used in the near future they are: When the average person wakes up, brews a pot of coffee and pops an over-the-counter stimulant as or more powerful than modafinil, go ahead and count this condition achieved.
Genetic engineering and cyberbrains will be improvements in degree and function, but not in purpose. In the same way Google search and Wikipedia changed the way we research and rememberAI and AR could alter the way we think and interact.
Daedalus in Deus Ex and Jarvis in Iron Man are great examples of Turing-quality indistinguishable from human intelligence AI that interact with the main character as both side kicks and secondary minds.
Using AR projected onto your optic implants, the AI highlights each person in your line of sight and, as you approach, provides a dossier of their main interests and personality type.
Now apply this level of information access to anything else. The ultimate objective of health care is that people live the longest, healthiest lives possible. Whether that happens due to nanotechnology or genetic engineering or synthetic organs is irrelevant.
What matters is that eventually people will age more slowly, be healthier for a larger portion of their lives, and will be living beyond the age of When the average expected life span exceedsthe conditions for transhuman longevity will have arrived.Today's News: The Riley Report JUNE Tuesday - June 13, On This Day In History - The Marquis de Lafayette arrived in the American colonies to help with their rebellion against the British.
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