Are any of you folks trans-humanists?
The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the current condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.
I feel like we have to potential to someday transform ourselves from creatures of evolution to something else entirely.
I don't mean some sort of mystical mumbo jumbo, either. I mean through application of the scientific method. No transformation due to enlightenment, just a lot of science and hard work.
Ultimately anything is possible as long as it does not violate any physical laws.
I am a Science Fiction writer and this topic is fodder for the trade. I have no doubt that at some point in our future there will come a melding of biology and technology, but I do doubt that it is close at hand. We have been making baby steps in that direction for at least 50 years. The pace is quickening, but there are major areas wherein our knowledge is inadequate so we must allow the time for that to happen and there is no way to predict when that will occur.
I do not foresee a complete transfer of human intelligence into mechanical devices unless we can determine that mind (that part that makes us human) is not dependent upon its connection to and information from body. I suspect that mind (consciousness) is just that, the sum total of our being and not transferable to a mechanical state. Of course, evolution is a continuing process and who knows what may happen to us over the course of a few thousand years?
On the other hand, I have high hopes for AI. I prefer to call it Synthetic Intelligence because I don't see anything artificial about intelligence no matter where is resides. Even Machine Intelligence would be better than Artificial Intelligence, but I digress. AI and autonomous robotics are a large part of our future and I don't have the paranoid idea that it will supplant humans. Most likely, it will remain a symbiotic and productive relationship. This in spite of my current work detailing a battle for supremacy between humans and machines. Oh, and the humans are winning because of that thing we call consciousness and the ability to adaptively create new ideas with more nimbleness than the AI.
I define myself as one. I am sure we are on this path anyway and it will happen one way or another (if we do not destroy ourselves first of course).
To me mind and body are two separate things and in modern days we already have the ability to do or influence things far, far away from us without being physically present on site. It is matter of time until we fineld a way to exist and act without being physically present at all or produce vessels for our minds/selves (such as bodies or other avatars) on demand.
We will not live to see this day, but at some point it will happen.
Such an evolution would widen the great divide between the rich and the poor, with the latter being left in the dust, as it would take huge money to develop such technologies. I doubt capitalism is going away any time soon, so this is how it'll be monetized, as only the rich will be able to afford it.
We blame religion for perpetuating spiritual elitism. Technology such as suggested will introduce and perpetuate evolutionary elitism - akin to eugenics. An example is Elon Musk's project to send two commercial passengers to a lunar orbit. Can you imagine the fare - a million? Ten million? And the cost per pound for a carry-on? They better at least get a free bag of peanuts.
You mean kind of like that old show "The Bionic Man"? Is there a way to make humans less selfish and aggressive? Those traits helped us when everyday was a survival test for individuals, but it might be our downfall as a species - nuclear war or global warming.
Absolutely! If I could increase my knowledge or abilities through technology, sign me up!
I'm interested in Elon Musk's Neuralink project, and also AI in general. Personally I think AI could become a threat to humanity but I think our best option may be to merge with it.
In a sense we are already merging with our technology and I think the trend will continue first with more wearable technology and eventually with better brain-machine interfaces.
I expect many people will resist technology at some point, because our genes evolved to prioritise and protect their own survival interests and I can't see them giving way to machines that will eventually replace those genes. Thus I expect to see some push back as our biology realises it needs to fight for its survival. Personally as I said I'm more open to merging biology with technology and even developing the tools to edit our genes. Imagine a day where removing a viral infection is done in software. I'm a software developer so the idea of programming DNA is pretty exciting to me.
Obviously there is much room for harm and misuse with every technology but hopefully as a species we will eventually learn how to get along in peace. That dream may be some way off yet unfortunately... Removing superstition is but one step along that road. I do wonder if technology can help us to reason better and thus become more morally balanced at the same time. Probably not in my lifetime but it's a question worth exploring I think.
Yes. We humans love to tinker with our own images and structures and bodies and adapt even the planet to our wants and needs.
I can easily see a future with implants that blur the line between human and cyborg and setting those up to be both replicating (under certain conditions) and even self-modifying. Humans have changed over the millennia but assuming we don't destroy ourselves first I think we will mutate ourselves far faster than ever before.