Transhumanism


To freeze perchance to live

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2014 |
tags: futurism, life extension, transhumanism
An introduction to cryonics and attendant bioethical issues.

Transhumanism reaches Hollywood in new high budget film

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 |
tags: films, Hollywood, neuroscience, transhumanism
Transhumanism has reached hollywood in a new high budget film called Transcendence.

Bioethics anniversaries: Doctor Who

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 |
tags: Doctor Who, enhancement, transhumanism
In a week in which the US mourns the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Dr Who fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cult TV series. The timing is not particularly sensitive, but tonight the BBC presents a special episode, “The Day of the Doctor.”

The battle for the future

Xavier Symons | 02 November 2013 |
tags: artificial intelligence, transhumanism
While some maintain that artificial intelligence is just as much an oxymoron as Army Intelligence, others regard it as a grave threat to the future of the human race.

Dan Brown’s latest thriller tackles transhumanism

Michael Cook | 25 May 2013 |
tags: genetic engineering, population control, transhumanism
Inferno: Robert Langdon is back with a globe-trotting thriller in which the symbologist has to decode clues left in a map of Dante’s masterpiece by a recently-deceased evil genius before one-third of the world perishes. Oops, we are about to give away too much of the plot. Suffice it to say that the master of transmuting highbrow trivia, European travel guides and clunky prose into dollars has framed transhumanism as the most dangerous threat to the future of mankind.

Transhumanists gather in San Francisco

06 December 2012 |
tags: cryopreservation, mind uploading, transhumanism
Humanity+ is on the move.

Transhumanism: the politician

Michael Cook | 13 October 2012 |
tags: transhumanism
The world’s first openly transhumanist politician is serving in a national parliament. Giuseppe Vatinno was elected in July for the Alleanza per l'Italia party in the Italian parliament.

Transhumanism: the theologians

Michael Cook | 13 October 2012 |
tags: transhumanism
Transhumanism, at least in the Journal of Medical Ethics, has a distinctly theological flavour.

“Fixed” – new documentary on transhumanism and disability

Jared Yee | 24 August 2011 |
tags: disability, enhancement, films, transhumanism, US
Filmmaker Regan Brashear recently screened a rough cut of “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement”.

Killer was fan of transhumanism and reprogenetics

Michael Cook | 27 July 2011 |
tags: Anders Behring Breivik, Norway, reprogenetics, transhumanism
In the wake of the murderous spree by Norwegian right-winger Anders Behring Breivik, bloggers and columnists have been trawling through his 1500-page rant about how to create a Muslim-free Europe to show how deluded Christians, or conservatives, or immigration opponents or [fill in the dots] are. But since much of “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” was cobbled together from websites, there is something for everyone. Even fans of transhumanism and reprogenetics. Here it is. I cannot bear to comment.

Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report

Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 |
tags: animal rights, personhood, transhumanism
Mixing human and animal material should be approached with great caution, says the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in a report issued yesterday. But it recommends that some highly controversial experiments should be allowed to proceed, including modifying an animal’s brain to make it more human-like and the generation or propagation of functional human germ cells in animals.

Transhumanist sets goalposts for the future

Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 |
tags: autonomy, eugenics, personhood, transhumanism
American political science commentator Francis Fukuyama once called transhumanism the world’s most dangerous idea. Whether this is true depends on your aspirations for society. But a brief article in Discover by a staffer with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a transhumanist thinktank, Kyle Munkittrick, at least shows that society will be very different if transhumanism gets traction.

Was Dante a transhumanist?

Michael Cook | 01 April 2011 |
tags: transhumanism
Dante is not a figure who is often invoked as a forerunner of transhumanism, the movement to accelerate man’s evolution with technology and genetic engineering.

Pope skeptical about life extension projects

Michael Cook | 10 April 2010 |
tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic Church, transhumanism
Not an easy convert to transhumanism
 
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