Introduction: What is Transhumanity?

14 Dec

The definition says: Transhumanity is an international cultural movement, supporting the use of science and technology to enhance human mental and physical characteristics and capacities. Aspects of human condition such as, disability, suffering, diseases, ageing, incurable ailments and involuntary death are considered as unnecessary. Tranhumanist try to use biotechnologies and other emerging technologies to explore the field.

Tranhuman means “transitory human”. The term was introduced in 1966 by futurist Fereidoun M. Esfandiary. Transhumnity has the objective to create machines or hybrids that better our thinking and physical limits.

Do we have to acquiesce mortality, our shortcomings? Transhumanity says yes. It seems obvious that all these problems, which by far are not all, can and will be fixed trough transhumanity. For example brain-computer interfaces or nano-technology will upgrade our intelligence to spheres we cannot imagine right now. Robotic joints, or even complete electronic and technological limbs will cure our own weaknesses or previous ailments.

The capacity of a human brain is limited. But if we take a look at the rising development in computer science, we will notice that the memory of a computer will in some years reach an almost infinite level. Thus, transhumanity wants to enhance our brain activities with such memory, so we could perform in new areas, calculate almost everything without a calculator, transfer our thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns to others and share a “common intelligence”.

Nanotechnology which is not yet sophisticated enough, but in the years to come will be, is to be used to eradicate cancer virus, by implanting tiny robots (build of atoms) that specifically kill the cancer cells. Other than that, almost every imaginable shape can be constructed by “simply” building it of atoms. Just as putting together bricks. It will be possible to program a construction of physical objects, even of human bodies or parts of the body, just as we know how to do with software.

Does this sound good to you? Leave your comments and discuss it with us.

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3 Responses to “Introduction: What is Transhumanity?”

  1. Ricardo December 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Hi,

    I think that Transhumanity have some really good aspects, like curing different diseases. But using just to enhance the human capacities is a thing which can be very controversial.

    But I’m looking forward for the next blogposts.

  2. Marius December 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi,
    I think it will open some doors, and responsibly used it can really be an advantage. But there will be abuse. Some selfish people will try to become “superhumans” at least to be vastly superior in order to exploit others. Only the rich can afford the usage of such technologies, the poor will continue to suffer from being “odinary”…

  3. Rachel Haywire December 16, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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