In my paper "Free to Consent: The case for legalising body modification, BDSM, and transhumanism
", out this week from the Adam Smith Institute, I look at the law of consent related to physical harm.
is the theory that the human population can be enhanced through technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.
Topics discussed include male pregnancy and disability in "Bloodchild," disability effects in the movies, Spider-Man's designer genes and transhumanism
, and William Bigson's Pattern Recognition.
The reason behind this is that today the stakes no longer represent the ontological rupture of contemporary man--within the paradigm of the binary relationship God-Man or Religion-Science/Technology--but that of an ontological transcendence of the human, within the limits of an emerging ontology of technology, with the purpose of substituting the metaphysical character of religion (of Christianity) with that of a technological and a post-transcendence religion (of Transhumanism
is considered to be a major theme within the cyberpunk genre and to omit it from a game called "Cyberpunk 2077" would be a disservice to the creators of the genre.
The author acknowledges that young people want to see technology used in service to the poor and underprivileged, but seems to also consider titillating topics such as transhumanism
to be important in engaging young people.
and morality: Reactions to enhancing human abilities with technology.
"The event will showcase a fantastic range of speakers who will be bringing their own interpretations of the theme.Topics on the night will be ranging from 'Media Futures', 'Transhumanism
', and 'The Future of Democracy'."
Today, the most radical expression of science as religion is transhumanism
, according to which human beings consist essentially of a consciousness that they can first encode and then upload to cyberspace, thereby achieving immortality.
The section of essays on "The Nonhuman" is another section that veers perhaps a little too broadly, and strangely manages to both touch on and yet avoid the current trend of work on posthumanism and transhumanism
. It does include three highly influential essays in that area, among others: Philip K.
Kurzweil's notion of the Singularity (which entails human merging with advanced A.I.) is sometimes disparagingly referred to as the "rapture for the nerds." Certainly, there has been much written about religion and transhumanism
, which also embraces the notion of the "Singularity." (20) Robert Geraci argues that many of the founders and luminaries in the development of artificial intelligence have been influenced by secularized forms of Christian and Jewish apocalypticism which he calls "apocalyptic A.I." (21) I will return to consider Geraci's thought later in this essay, but the discussion regarding the dangers and promises of superintelligence have largely ignored religious considerations.
Franco, Transhuman Babies and Human Pariahs: Genetic Engineering, Transhumanism
, Society and The Law, 37 CHILD.