Transhumanism, Human Dignity, and Moral Status

Transhumanism is the theory that humans are going to evolve far beyond their current abilities and limitations with the help of science and technology. Conceived over 30 years ago, Transhumanism relies on men’s advancements in science and technology over the past few decades to make predictions about the future. People who support this theory believe that men’s current stage is not the peak of evolution. Some also believe that if they take on a healthy lifestyle and enhance their intellectual abilities, they may live long enough to become post-humans. Tanshumanism gives specific attention to the recent technological advancements, like molecular nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. Transhumanists want to see the extension of the average human lifespan, removal of diseases for good, cultural development, human character development, removal of unnecessary human sufferings, and space colonization. They also believe in the human body advancements through biological and technological enhancements. Among the biological enhancements are vaccinations and technological body-shaping. On the other hand, technological body enhancements involve the uploading of the human brain to computers and making backup copies, restoring the backed up copies, wireless transmission, brain messaging and communication, running diagnostics, and many more.

Transhumanists also aim at the improvement of several aspects of the human life that they think are non-beneficial or “weak,” so to speak. Among these things are emotions, like stress, anger, lack of self-control, lack of motivation, lack of willpower, and addictions. The ideal post-human possesses all the thinkable positive aspects and the ability to get rid of the unwanted habits at will. Transhumanism is all about overcoming our biological limitations and exploring the unthinkable which are currently beyond our scope. But Transhumanism is highly influenced by the science fiction, so some of the transhumanist goals might take very long to see the light of the day.



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