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Victor Navarro Regan New. Transhumanism h+. What is transhumanism?. Breaking limitations Morphological freedom Next step in human evolution “ Posthuman ” Precursors Prosthetics Modern medicine Artificial organs Pacemaker. Hugh Herr at TEDMED 2010. Pros.

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what is transhumanism
What is transhumanism?
  • Breaking limitations
  • Morphological freedom
  • Next step in human evolution
    • “Posthuman”
  • Precursors
    • Prosthetics
    • Modern medicine
      • Artificial organs
      • Pacemaker
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Pros
  • Robotic/Synthetic limbs and organs
  • Stronger social integration
  • Reduction/Elimination of aging and disease
  • Neural and visual implants
    • Augmented reality/HUD
expense
Expense
  • The disabled pay hundreds, even thousands to overcome their disability
  • Today\'s prosthetic limbs cost between $5,000 to $8,000 while today\'s transhuman prosthetic limbs can cost over $20,000
  • Parts wear and tear
superiority
Superiority
  • Transhumans may view normal humans as inferior
  • Repetition of Nazi Germany and the Master Race
  • In the wrong hands, the technology may lead to global catastrophe
overpopulation
Overpopulation
  • The elimination of disease leads to less deaths, but more people
  • China already experiences overpopulation
what separates humanity from other species
What separates humanity from other species?
  • Replacing limbs and organs with machinery and robotics, and utilizing nanotechnology to eliminate disease
  • When does a human stop being a human?
ethical analysis
Ethical Analysis
  • Utilitarianism: Would a technologically-based ascension of the human species as a whole bring about more happiness than despair?
  • Virtue Ethics: Would the pursuit of what transhumanism promises be considered virtuous?
    • Benevolence
    • Generosity
sources
Sources
  • http://www.nickbostrom.com/papers/history.pdf
  • http://www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/transhumanist.pdf
  • Hugh Herr at TEDMED 2010