Friday, January 28, 2011

More Than Human?

Transhumanism: What a concept! The real world is hard enough to navigate, let alone trying to navigate a world right out of a science fiction novel. In theory, this is quite plausible; with todays technology and all its advancements, how do you know when enough is enough?

Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".

I don't know how I feel about this. My initial reaction is that this seems very dark, outrageous and an abuse of science. That could just be my ignorance talking. As creepy as this idea is to me, you can't deny the potential it could have in curing human ailments. I just worry that nothing will ever be enough for us.