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My body is an electronic virgin. I incorporate no silicon chips, no retinal or cochlear implants, no pacemaker. I don't even wear glasses (though I do wear clothes). But I am slowly becoming more and more a Cyborg. So are you. Pretty soon, and still without the need for wires, surgery or bodily alterations, we shall be kin to the Terminator, to Eve 8, to Cable...just fill in your favorite fictional Cyborg. Perhaps we already are. For we shall be Cyborgs not in the merely superficial sense of combining flesh and wires, but in the more profound sense of being human-technology symbionts: thinking and reasoning systems whose minds and selves are spread across biological brain and nonbiological circuitry. This book is the story of that transition and of its roots in some of the most basic and characteristics facts about human nature. For human beings, I want to convince you, are natural-born cyborgs.
1.1. It is now clear that Humans are no longer the most important things in the Universe. This is something the Humanists have yet to accept.
1.2. All technological progress of Human society is geared towards the redundancy of the Human species as we currently know it.
1.3. In the Posthuman era many beliefs become redundant - not least the belief in Human Being.
1.4. Human Beings, like Gods, only exist in as much as we believe them to exist.
1.5. The Future never arrives.
1.6. All Humans are not born equal, but it is too dangerous not to pretend that they are.
1.7. In the Posthuman era machines will be Gods.
1.8. Intelligent Agents will be the religious authorities of the Information Age. We will ask them to interpret the Chaos of the God machines for us.