Every day transhumanists

Transhumanism as a movement is interested in enhancing the human condition and the lives of humans with man-made technologies. In previous posts, I discussed some radical examples.LED  lights under the skin, RFID chips – one artist even had a camera attached to his head to turn colours into sounds.Technologies like these make transhumanism seem scary and confronting to others.

But transhumanism covers so much more than just implanted cameras and creepy glasses. That cup of coffee or can of energy drink you grab in the morning, the prescription medication you take with breakfast, even the clothes on your back are all examples of man-made technologies that improve human life and allow us to operate on a higher level, live longer than imagined by societies of the past.

In my last blog, I said I wanted to understand the day-to-day of transhumanism. It was this article that made me realise I am living the experience every day, alongside most of the women I know. A while ago, I was implanted with a tiny piece of technology that allows me to control my biological functions to improve my life – an IUD. Whether it’s the pill, the Implanon or an IUD, most girls I know have been hacking their bodies since their teens. My brother, who has a Ritalin prescription for ADHD, has been hacking his body since he was a child.

Transhumanism aims to improve the human condition through “genetic engineering, psychopharmacology, anti-aging therapies, neural interfaces, advanced information management tools, memory enhancing drugs, wearable computers, and cognitive techniques” (Bostrom, 2003, 2)

h+ collage

Most people are already living the H+ lifestyle. In fact, we couldn’t imagine our lives without some technologies. The idea of creating solutions to the inefficiencies of the human experience is as old as the wheel, and transhumanism is here. The future approaches, and the biggest decision we have to make is how much we want to freak out about it.

 

Sources

Bostrom, N. 2003. The Transhumanist FAQ, v. 2.1. Oxford: World Transhumanist Association

Cochlear image

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Metformin image

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Gene therapy image

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IUD image

Fitbit image

http://www.fitbit.com/au/home

Coffee image

https://pixabay.com/en/a-cup-of-coffee-coffee-beans-coffee-399480/

 

2 thoughts on “Every day transhumanists

  1. I never thought of all these changes and medical/technological break throughs to be aspects of ‘trans humanism’ but I can see now that is definitely the case. I kept thinking, what would be considered the best trans humanism hacks. I came across this article by Micheal Annisimov which not only list the top 10 but goes into more detail why he considers these technologies to be the best, as well as some origin exploration behind the invention of these inventions. https://lifeboat.com/ex/transhumanist.technologies

    I keep thinking of that whole concept by McLuhan where technologies act as an extension of our body (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/organization/brey/Publicaties_Brey/Brey_2000_Extension_Faculties.pdf) , hearing aids help us here, glasses help us see, phones an extension of communication. So it makes me wonder what is the future and what aspects of our bodies are we going to expand upon in the future. Learning, memory, emotions or physical aspects such as longevity, camouflage capabilities the possibilities are endless. One concern that I have is, where do we draw the line, when is too far, when do we say, “no we cannot cross that line”. Good read keep up the good work.

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