Many people have been concerned for quite some time regarding the pace at which technology has progressed. However, their fear has not been in vain, because according to a variety of reports a new generation of transhumanists are emerging and what they are proposing could destroy humanity forever.
According to Whatistranshumanism.org, “Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.”
And while there are some that define transhumanism as simply a mere evolution of intellectual and culture that would fundamentally improve the human condition, there are others that pose a more technological approach. In fact, there are many that are currently exploring how human beings could be combined with forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to create a better human.
Literally, transhuman means beyond human. Most transhumanists are those who are techno-optimists, biohackers, roboticists, AI proponents and futurists that believe through radical science and technology we could improve the human condition. Many have goals to transcend human mortality by the year 2045.
And while the movement of transhumanism has been taking place for over thirty years, it has advanced exponentially in the past decade or so. Actually, if you want to get down to the ‘nitty-gritty’ many could say we are on the cusp of meshing human consciousness with technology already with the invention of the smart watch, smart TV, the smart phone, so on and so fourth. Technology has advanced so far in our current society that many people have opted for their technology over actual human involvement.
But where exactly do we draw the line?
According to Elon Musk, one day A.I will actually replace human beings unless we stop it. However, his approach to solving the matter involves embracing it.
Sadly, if we allow this to take place, all true human emotions will be eradicated. Could you imagine the world in which nothing but nuts and bolts composed all intelligent life? The world in which love and empathy no longer existed because they got in the way? We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere, and if we don’t, we will become our own demise.