What is Transhumanism?

Weblog - December 06, 2016

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

They promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human life. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.1

The enhancement options being discussed include radical extension of human health-span, eradication of disease, elimination of unnecessary suffering, and augmentation of human intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities. Other transhumanist ideas include space colonization and the possibility of creating artificial intelligent machines, along with other potential developments that could profoundly alter the human condition. The ambit is not limited to gadgets and medicine, but encompasses also economic, social, institutional designs, cultural development, and psychological skills and techniques.1

Transhumanists view human nature as a “work-in-progress”, something that requires understanding that we need to grow and change as we learn more about the world around us. Transhumanists believe that we (as a species, and as an individual) can take control of our own evolution, and make not only ourselves better, but make the world better through constant iterations of bio-testing.

Transhumanism is an effort to put a name and movement behind the push for scientific advancement of the human species. They do not believe that anything is purely “natural” and can’t be changed. They believe anything, and everything can be changed, modified, and made better through advancements in medicine, renewable energies, technologies and colonization. This a pro-science, pro-change, pro-human movement.

I will write more on this in the future, if you have any questions or want to spark a conversation on this you may get in contact with me.

1..Portions of the above are taken from Ethical Issues for the 21st Century by Nick Bostrom)

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