dokku-dev.tortus.com/119.php Furthermore, genetic modification, health screening, and, eventually synthetic wombs will enable the child with the best possibility of a good life to be born. Parental licensing may be part of the process; a liberalization of adoption and surrogate pregnancy laws certainly will be. My Body, My Choice: Legalization and regulation will be based on somatic rights.
Actions such as abortion, assisted suicide , voluntary amputation, gender reassignment, surrogate pregnancy, body modification, legal unions among adults of any number, and consenting sexual practices would be protected under law. Transhumanism cannot happen without a legal structure that allows individuals to control their own bodies. When bodily freedom is as protected and sanctified as free speech, transhumanism will be free to develop.
Persons, not People: Rights discourse will shift to personhood instead of common humanity. Using a scaled system based on traits like sentience, empathy, self-awareness, tool use, problem solving, social behaviors, language use, and abstract reasoning, animals including humans will be granted rights based on varying degrees of personhood. Personhood based rights will protect against Gattaca scenarios while ensuring the rights of new forms of intelligence, be they alien, artificial, or animal, are protected.
When African grey parrots, gorillas, and dolphins have the same rights as a human toddler, a transhuman friendly rights system will be in place. Individually, each of these conditions are necessary but not sufficient for transhumanism to have been attained. Only as a whole are they sufficient for transhumanism to have been achieved. I make no claims as to how or when any or all of these conditions will be attained.
If forced to guess, I would say all seven conditions will be attained over the course of the next two centuries, with conditions 3 and 4 being the furthest from attainment. Transhumanism is a long way from being attained. However, with these seven conditions in mind, we can at least determine if we are moving towards or away from a transhuman future. For one thing, the differences between a parrot and a human toddler are considerable.
Admirable, but I disagree. Still, my biggest worry is that in advocating this, you make a gattica-like scenario MORE likely. They will be perpetual toddlers, which is really just like a pet. Now what if a group of transhumans enhances its own intellect considerably above base humans. By this logic, they could scale rights for the rest of humanity. Not out of malice, but for our own good. And by this logic, they would be justified.
When humans create fixed settlements at the bottom of the ocean, or above 20, ft in the air, or in space, or on an astroid or other planet, this will be a major step towards the goals of transhumanism. Whether by terraforming, machine assistance, or modifying our physical forms, any of them would be a benchmark. Transhumanists always seem to strategically not mention the germ-line genetic enhancement which many are for. Making decisions that the future generation is not limited to genetic modification, and the effects of genetics on your offspring is part of the ethics of reproduction that was mentioned.
The 10 point boost could push millions of people above a critical threshold so that they start to make better choices in life with material payoffs, like more self-control, lower illegitimacy, better academic performance, better health maintenance, higher rates of savings and so forth. In other words, the IQ boost would reduce the zoo-keeping costs for nuisances like welfare, self-inflicted illnesses and crime which dumb people impose on the rest of society.
James Moor Dartmouth College , and Prof. If you dislike my argument or something about my argument, that is a reason to ENGAGE the argument, not to whine about feeling excluded. Blue eyes, blond hair, perfect physical attributes, cunning intelligence, and a member of a superior race. When we think about science changing people, our minds naturally go to that group of individuals constantly being bombarded by gamma radiation, genetic mutagens, cybernetic interventions, and biological acceleration. Jordan Peterson. The monsters are coming. This person is better than you just enough that he seems to beat you out for everything you try to do: get the girl, score the highest, make the team, etc.
It could also reduce the costs of taking care of the demented elderly by giving us more of a cognitive reserve, along with higher savings and wealth building during our lives to pay for our care in our late senescence. Are there any hardcore transhumanists that are Christians? Or any religion really, but primarily the big three monotheistic ones? It seems like the goals of transhumanism would be an anathema to religion, especially for those that want to live indefinitely.
Is transhumanism a subculture of atheism? See Kurzweil et al We are a lot closer than you may think to transhumanism. The level of control we can now exert over our genetic code improves at exponetial artes. The biotech startups are making great progress and will be available within years. See Mesoblast Pty Ltd.
The rise of the DIY scientist in the biotech sphere is here. Food for thought.
Each of the seven points could easily be posts in their own right, is something that struck me as I was reading through them sketching out trains of thought agreeing, disagreeing, and getting sidetracked. I believe transhumanism should have within it a respect for diversity.
That includes respect for how families are structured differently from your own. And frankly, parental licensing is downright Orwellian. In all honesty, it also reads like religion because it assumes that transhumanism will lead to some suprahumanitarian homogeneity of morality rather than a diversification of morality. A few belong to cryonicists like Alcor. None of this gets at the real gerontology research that is going on. I just think these may start to come sooner than most expect. The prolongation of healthy life is an irresistible topic for writers, and there are many books on the subject.
Was I the only one bothered by this article? Not I! I think if we hit these check marks we are in deep trouble. A Gorilla with an enhanced brain and a few prosthetics may indeed have cause to seek personhood.
Maybe the Yankees would have their best pitcher ever with an augmented sentient gorilla person. How many pet owners would get augmentations for their pets including an AI just so they could talk to their cat? It would be a brave new world just having another sentient being weighing in on our actions for a change. At least that would be honest. What we need to establish is a system where the people who are best suited to being brick-layers and fry-cooks are given a life that is as fulfilling to them as would be the life of a highly paid scientist or engineer.
Or, it might be the case that our evaluation technologies are advanced enough to tell what the outcome of such an endeavor would be. This does not mean that we should discourage the exploration though…. The trick is to make certain that we have no humans, by the time such technologies are available, who are mere brick-layers, and that all of humanity can aspire to greater things. We need to begin planning who may and who may not have children, based upon their ability to responsibly raise a child….
Well shucks! Are freedom to grow old and stay stupid going to be an option in this here futuristic society? Fact — high functioning humans are by nature, competitive beasts — the utopian world you envision is a fairy tale. Selective breeding and genetic enhancement are not the same thing. Genetic enhancement introduces DNA foreign to the individual or intentionally changes naturally occurring genetics to take human abilities beyond normal. Germ-line genetic enhancement would impose the choice of enhancement whether it be strength or height or intelligence or even the ability to glow in the dark of one individual onto every generation after.
Belgian Blue muscle bound cows, although not enhanced, have cardio-vascular problems and the calves sometimes cannot eat. Most are delivered by C-section because that is the only way that is safe. What if enhancing humans for strength results in serious skeleto-muscular and cardio-vascular problems? What if enhancements beyond high IQs also comes with mental illness? And what if these enhancements are done at the germ-line level? What would be the deciding factors and who is going to decide who is a responsible parent?
Matthew, I was a single parent when I had my first child and my second child was also born 17 years later out of wedlock.
In a transhumanist scenario I might very well have been obligated to abort to give them up for adoption simply because I chose not to marry. My oldest is married with three lovely children and my youngest is student president and going into her graduating year at high school. You give very little credit to the positive potential of any and all unborn children. Take it from me — I left an abusive two parent white-bread home when I was seventeen and worked my way up from summer employment with a travelling carnival to full time employment at a university, working in research first with the Division of Laboratory Sciences and then with the Department of Human Subjects.
You wanna make it, or shall I? Want to see how transhumanism will actually manifest itself? Go to thedailyshow. Good stuff, Jon is impressed by it. Because they made a prosthetic hand attachment specifically for golf. Guy said he never played before, but the availability of a limb enhancement changed him.
Jody, genetic engineering of humans is just not that easy. In reality, inserting, removing or modifying DNA is a dangerous proposition. People have gotten cancer and died from genetic engineering just to try and fix disease gene therapy. Once a trait is in the gene pool, it is just not going to be a walk in the park to remove or fix it. Transhumanism is willing to sign up subsequent generations for this experiment without their consent. These are the realities that transhumanism ignores.
It is one thing to fit someone who has lost a limb with a prosthetic. That is not transhumanism. Transhumanism is cutting off a perfectly good limb and replacing it which most medical professionals would agree is unethical. You may desire that but you may also find a medical establishment and an FDA that is unwilling to chop off body parts that are in good working order. When electric lights were becoming prolific, people called out that it was a bad thing. Such inventions exposed women and children to predators! Others argued that such tools would only give the already-elite an even greater advantage, thus stomping hard on the face of the already-downtrodden.
When subways and passenger trains were becoming prolific, people called out that it was a bad thing. Women would have their uterus ripped right out! Humans were not built to go speeds in excess of 50 mph! It was unnatural and immoral!
And should the elite be allowed to travel so much faster than the lower class? Does this technology not favor those in power? No more going where we like, when we like—or at least not at the speeds possible by those willing to submit to the will of the ruling elite. And the internet. But who will have access? Those who can afford it, obviously. And those people, those elite who have access to the newest technologies, will surely use this powerful tool to destroy those beneath them.
The lower class will never catch up! A more permanent and powerful dictatorship could never be envisioned. Seriously, what the hell, people. Who decides what is responsible? We decide. No, none of this is going to create a utopia. But they sure as hell resulted in a significant increase for anyone with access. In our world, access to technology is almost entirely governed by geography.
Annoyingly enough, the concept of giving technology to those in other geographies is looked down upon by both Conservatives and Liberals! This article looks more like a list of political agendas rather than a test specification for transhumanism. Considering that our politics literally determine laws that allow or disallow nearly anything? I could imagine transhumanism without some of these things.
For example, we might not have the right to control our bodies.
This is eugenics and coercive population control dressed up in futuristic, high-tech garb. And in once even in the U. See Buck vs. Bell supreme court case, or therabouts. Are our memories so short? Furthermore-children are gifts on loan to us-not products to be designed to our specifications. Doing so will greatly reduce our compassion and humanity. People are worth SOOO much more than things.
And things we will become-if we go down this path. Yeah, population control sucks. Again look into the eugenics movement in the U. I believe each individual couple should decide the number and spacing of their children. Births have dropped in the West today, and even in some developing countries, with lower infant mortality rates, Better education and job opportunities for women, ect.
Maybe we need to help some developing countries with those things and their birth rates will go down. In fact, most European countries and Japan are below replacement levels. The U. Many of my contemporary first cousins have chosen to have no children. As for myself I love children-they are a gift. How do you download a soul, or a conciousness into a robot body? We already do it today with some calling for Euthansia of the less than perfect infants. Or a puppy or cat, for that matter?
I hate people who rail against eugenics, just because a couple of maniacs and white supremacists misused it 70 years ago. Guess what? Almost ALL technology and social institutions were misused and backwards 70 years ago. Of course the society that has separate water fountains for black people is going to treat them monstrously in other areas. Does that really surprise you? There is limited amount of space and resources on this planet. That is a fact. Yes, if you clear cut the rainforest, grind up every other species for fertilizer and plant soybeans and we all start eating algae, we might get to 20 billion people.
Ignorance, violence, intolerance. Does that mean sterilizing them? But it does mean regulating parenthood. Too poor to feed your kids? Convicted of child abuse? No kids for you. Of course, this has to be coupled with social programs and a society that allow people to be economically mobile. The poorest, least intelligent people vote for the most vile and corrupt politicians, against their own interest.
Now, there are certainly wealthy, educated individuals who do more harm to the earth as a whole than any group of thousands. But if we can actively improve the intelligence of those thousands, the few at the top will no longer have an ignorant mass to exploit, or to serve as a market for the exploitation of other resources. The decisions will be made according to Chinese communist criteria at any rate. China liquidates its American paper, buying even Thorium deposits, ore deposits, natural resource sources around the world — even in the U.
Soon, China will dictate to the real, the hidden, American power-brokers as equals, and in the same way, behind closed doors, in board rooms, at grand and secretive financial conferences, by special telecommunications emissions, and eventually quite openly even in the faces of a well-propagandized American population.
By rejecting his creation and failing in taking responsibility for it, Frankenstein reveals that the true monster is our fear of those who are different or ugly, and our indifference to the suffering of others. Andy Warhol famously revisited the Frankenstein myth adding a sexual element much to the shock and horror of film critics. Whichever version you prefer, the story is now in the public domain and available online for free.
Dean Koonze has a series Frankenstein that follows the Transhumanist idea pretty well I think, albeit with the horror theme that sticks with the Frankenstein flavor. You must be logged in to post a comment. When I found so astonishing a power placed within my hands, I hesitated a long time concerning the manner in which I should employ it. Although I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation, yet to prepare a frame for the reception of it, with all its intricacies of fibres, muscles, and veins, still remained a work of inconceivable difficulty and labour.
I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man. The materials at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous an undertaking, but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed.
I prepared myself for a multitude of reverses; my operations might be incessantly baffled, and at last my work be imperfect, yet when I considered the improvement which every day takes place in science and mechanics, I was encouraged to hope my present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future success.
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