Downloading happiness

America’s leading transhumanist is back! In the news, that is. Zoltan Istvan, the transhumanist candidate for president in 2016, has been keeping a low profile recently. But he returned to the headlines in an interview on “Good Morning Britain”.

His vision of transhumanist future includes the standard predictions of ultra-longevity, highr IQ, improved health and so on.

But he also believes that by the year 2042 we will be able to upload our consciousness to the cloud. It could be a bit confusing. “"Maybe you don't just upload one version of yourself. Maybe there's 100 versions of yourself. You can create other versions of yourself. Some people want to have a thousand copies of themselves in different ways."

It will be a kind of heaven, according to Istvan: “"We're going to live in a world where you can download happiness, download fulfilment, download the things you really want in life and make it a utopic existence. People are going to find themselves in a new world where they can reach all the possibilities they've only dreamt of.”

It won’t be all beer and skittles, though. "Getting hacked when you have a bionic heart or robotic eyes is going to be incredibly dangerous."

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge

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