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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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Victor navarro regan new

Victor Navarro

Regan New

Transhumanismh+


What is transhumanism

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

Hugh Herr at TEDMED 2010


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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


Negative impact of transhumanism

Negative Impact of Transhumanism


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?


Likelihood a brief timeline

Likelihood?A brief timeline


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


Questions

Questions?


Sources

Sources

  • http://www.nickbostrom.com/papers/history.pdf

  • http://www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/transhumanist.pdf

  • Hugh Herr at TEDMED 2010


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