What is transhumanism?

April 13, 2010 • Posted in Bioethics 101

Per Humanity+ website, (http://humanityplus.org/learn/philosophy/faq)  Transhumanism is . . .(1) The intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason, especially by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities; and (2) The study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies . . . We can also use technological means that will eventually enable us to move beyond what some would think of as “human”.

Also from their website:

Humanity will be radically changed by technology in the future. We foresee the feasibility of redesigning the human condition, including such parameters as the inevitability of aging, limitations on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology, suffering, and our confinement to the planet earth.

For more information on this topic visit: Emerging Technologies