Transhumanism and Radical Nanotechnology

Technology has no limits and it tends to create friends and foes in equal measure. Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that exists internationally. This revolutionary movement is famous for its idealistic notion that nanotechnology can be developed in future to immortalize human life. Transhumanists aspire for a life that is free from suffering and material constraints, and call for discoveries that create immortality and super intelligence. They even propagate the preservation of corpses in special conditions for a perceived future resurrection of cryonic corpses.

One famous transhumanism thesis suggests that human beings may in future use highly sophisticated and complex technologies to transform their abilities to such incredible levels that they may transit the human species to become posthuman beings. Some argue that transhumanist ideals are spurred by the fear of death.

The fantastic world of transhumanism would use nanotechnology to eliminate material needs, make nanorobots to be injected into people to cure disease, reverse aging, prolong life or imbue immortality, and redesign the human body to become posthuman. In addition, nanobrain copies would be made and ultra-fast nano-computer interfaces will be developed for uploading the mind, mind perfection and super intelligence.

Based on their idealist view of the future, some people have labelled their ideas as utopian, anti-Christ and outright radical. Some scholars have referred their ideas as very dangerous for the human being. In reaction, one transhumanist countered that rather than being dangerous, the movement was the epitome of daring, courage, imagination and idealistic ideas.

Some moderate nanoscientists contend that it is a matter of how you manage the opportunities that are presented while others acknowledge the opportunities but are cautious about the potential threats.

Some leading promoters of transhumanism are nanotechnologists. Their debates may overshadow the gains and future possibilities that may be created by nanotechnology. Let us examine the good and the bad sides of nanotechnology and choose the better option.

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