Transhumanism has undergone a remarkable transformation, from having a few of intellectual pioneers to becoming an increasingly important part of understanding the prospects for a technological transformation of the human condition. The idea that technological progress will help us overcome many of our current human limitations is no longer confined to a handful of tech-savvy visionaries. Understanding these opportunities is crucial to understand the ethical choices we face and the potential consequences of this progress is a key component of what humanity will face in the decades ahead.
For centuries, there have been thinkers who argue that we can overcome illness and death. The need for eternity inspires human to create a new kind of man who is able to satisfy himself in all aspects of life, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. This small philosophical and cultural movement was one of the most influential movements in the history of science and technology. It represents a significant step in our understanding of human nature and the human condition. Transhumanism made a number of important contributions to the understanding and development of our still evolving bodies, which have highlighted complex issues that are with us from the day of birth.
Several organizations were created to “perfect” the race, such as the Transhumanist Society of America, the Transhumanists of the United States, and the Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
They are often isolated from each other, but they all share a common, coherent view of the world, sharing similar views and values. It is clear that transhumanist experiments with new technologies carry a high risk in humans. Some of these technologies already exist, but the nature of the transhumanist projects in which the technology is developing to fuse the human brain with software and AI is a mystery. There were made not enough studies to illustrate this problem at its full scale.
From my point of view, we already became transhuman. The constant use of smartphones, PC’s and other devices that are connected to the internet makes us not a self-living human being anymore. We often need to google something when telling a story, show a photo on our phone or even check some important information in our notes. The smartphones often influence our decisions or mood. They often play the role of a personal database. The method of uploading our questions to the computer is just very slow and primitive. We only use only our thumbs, which can transfer only 38 words per minute on average.
As our race progresses, those methods will upgrade and in the future we will be able to transfer data from our brain to our smartphone or PC within miliseconds. People always feared the unknown, but I think that upgrading the “connection” with our personal computers is the key for becoming fully transhuman. Hopefully companies such as Neuralink will successfully develop technologies, that all human will use in the future.