Transhumanist Ideals

First I would like to talk about the ideals most common transhumanist have (as if you could consider a transhumanist average in today's age).  These ideals include extended life to the point of immortality and extended functional capabilities, basically increased intelligence, strength, improved senses as well as new ones humans have never before had.  Much better adaptability to a technologically sophisticated world, growing ever more complex by the day.  These new capabilities include complete and total control of our environment, the ability to shape anything and everything at will, including oneself.

Posthuman, A Poem © Michael Blade

Note: My special thanks to Donato Giancola for the use of this © 2008 image above.
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Posthuman by Michael Blade © 2010

 

I am Human becoming
A Transhuman to be
My existence transforms itself through multiple substrates

 

I am flesh of evolved genetics
Technology cyborg robotic
Digital virtual and neural simulation
Networked information itself

 

Yet I retain sentience through all my transformations
I travel among the stars at the speed of light and now faster still
I am now immortal but not eternal
Not all powerful for I still make mistakes, always learning, always exploring

Seven Billion Futures Of Hope?

 

 

Seven billion and counting, that's the number of human beings living on the planet Earth as of this writing. That's a lot of creatures consuming the resources of the planet and not always in a way that is replenishing and sustainable to the current healthy ecological state of the said shared biosphere!

What can be done? Well we could eat each other, as in Soylent Green. Become even more efficient at killing each other, for whatever stupid sub-human behavior, probably oil or some other dwindling resource, as we constantly seem to be doing. Or maybe, just maybe we could evolve . . . I mean technologically evolve. Enhance ourselves to become more than just physically human. Human + (plus) technology.

Am I talking evil Nazi Eugenics? NO. Am I talking smart phone ---> Star Trek Borg implants, Matrix simulated realities, AI controlled cultures like The Forbin Project? Space expansion through human technological evolution? SMILE? Honestly, I don't know. But certainly something we can't imagine yet.

Transhuman FM-2030 Stands The Test Of Time

One of tests of time is whether what you say is still relevant in a future time. This is clearly the case for FM-2030. A true future man and original transhuman who was preserved for future revival (Vitrification can preserve biological structure very well).  New York Times Archieve.  Please follow me on this blog, I use no advertising.

Transhuman FM-2030 Stands The Test Of Time http://t.co/FWOSrUR2wP

— Michael McAnally (@Michael_Blade) May 12, 2014

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Hollywood Brings Singularity and Transhumanism into Mainstream Consciousness

I took a cell phone picture of the movie poster, so that's why you see reflective light from above and my faint image in the glass reflection . . .

Hollywood has a new movie out about the Singularity and Transhumanism that is not entirely bad.  Why would I say that?  Because anything that brings these progressive ideas into the arena of common knowledge and to the general public is a good thing.

I have personally asked many people I meet, if they knew what the Technological Singularity was or Transhumanism and they simply had no idea.

Then, of course I politely gave them a crash course in AI-Tranhumanism 101.  That is because it is still something that is still only discussed in intellectual circles of egghead nerds like myself.  Yesterday, when the movie came out that all changed, so I say is a good thing and I can ask, "Did you see that movie Trancendence with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman?"

The movie is of coursed strongly flawed in so many ways that I'm having trouble deciding where to start on pointing them out.  So I have simply decided not to.

Instead, I will point out the things I like about the movie:

Did I mention it has big name hollywood actors?

That it goes into mind uploading and whether or not an upload is the same person as the original organic human.

That it shows an AI terrorist group that is bent on stopping the unstoppable, at any cost to life and violent destruction (leading to many opportunities for hollywood action gun violence, bloodshed and big explosions), something I don't much like personally.

That it spreads its intelligence and capabilities to the entire biosphere through nanotechnology, improving things that are already much out of control.

That it still has relationships with humans, although a bit strained on both sides.

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