Video: The Transhumanist Manifesto

The transhumanist movement is as outspoken as it is controversial. The ultimate goal of the transhumanists, also known as the H + movement, is to let man grow into a being with superhuman qualities, free from disease, death and decay. This comes to the mind of transhumanists to be strongly criticized from, for example, Christians, Neoluddites and pro-nature groups.

A short transhumanist manifesto (there are several) is among others here to read. I personally think that the mission of transhumanism is the fulfillment of the destiny of humanity and also in accordance with, for example, the principle in Christianity that we should make the most of our talents.

17 thoughts on “Video: het Transhumanistisch Manifest”

  1. Alex Verwaijen

    More than 10 years ago I dreamed of a new homo sapiens-based life form, which lacks some problematic traits.

    The reward center in the human brain functions on the principle of scarcity, when there is no scarcity, problems arise. Scarcity can occur on many fronts, even power and the resulting benefits. The reward center of men is activated when they see their enemy suffer, so young men with a lack of love from their mother try to feel good by creating and fighting enemies in their heads.

    Prehistoric mechanisms have become useless in our developed society, they hold us back. After all, you don't let a stagecoach drive on the A2.

     

  2. If man were to become immortal then I assume it would be forbidden to have children. If not, it will be very crowded here. Have the transhumanists thought of that too?

  3. @ Roeland,

    And that's where the colonialism of space comes in.
    The space is big… very big… .. very, very, very big so an almost immortal couple who have almost immortal children will not get busy so quickly.
    Transhumanism and the exploration of other worlds go hand in hand.
    One cannot reach maturity without the other, and vice versa.
    A mortal human is a product of a single planet-bound human race.
    A nearly immortal human is an evolution of that same race leaving the cradle of its origin.

      1. I would say; do not do it. Even though there is no limit to space, without birth control it would eventually go so tremendously fast that humans multiply faster than expansion can go. Without birth restrictions in one way or another (in Chinese or through education) it is impossible to maintain a sustainable growth that equates to human expansion.
        If there is 1 problem next to it, if only 1 couple (or a small number) are immortalized, the gene pool will become very small, and if there is no diversity, it will be at the expense of innovation ... Precisely because there is so much difference between them unique people are born, who sometimes have good ideas!

        1. You say nice and realistic, the expansion of this universe is going at the speed of light. You may be able to reproduce faster than the speed of light. Joost may know how to do that, but I don't know.

        2. That's easier than it looks. If the number of people increases exponentially (realistic if there is no brake) it already goes wrong, because the space you can colonize increases at most polynomial: volume is proportional to (speed of light * time) ^ 3.

          Not that I expect such problems. A problem only arises when you assume that one thing changes (lifespan) but other things do not change (number of children and age at which people have children). But if people live much longer than they do now, they will probably have children much later, or not.

          In reality, we have no idea what humanity will look like in 100 years. There is little we can do but try to improve the world to the best of our knowledge and make sure we survive to experience it.

  4. I think it's going to cybernetic immortality. First in the trend of Terminator so that we still look like human beings, can eat / drink and have sex, here you may still have a human brain. Eventually we will go the way of the Transformers. As a transformer we live on other planets that are bigger. We have then completely cleaned up the earth so that nature can restore itself to all its glory until history will repeat itself and a 'human' being 'emerges' again. Perhaps a monkey who will evaluate? Aliens (perhaps also ancient inhabitants of nature) who come to create beings?

  5. Lacsap is right. Ultimately, humans will exchange carbon for silicon, which will make life in space a lot easier.
    Carbon-based life is extremely fragile and can only function within very special framework conditions. We have to wait and see if and if so how many planets there are where humans can move without space suits (and then also without being immediately attacked by enemy bacteria). 
    Silicon-based life can exist anywhere. Also in a vacuum. And rocky planets provide enough resources.

  6. In fact, this means that people will transform into a kind of robots.
    Robots are made from silicon. This process will of course be slow. First, more and more parts of the human body will be replaced by artificial parts until this process is complete.
    See  http://www.kurzweilai.net/chapter-2-i-married-a-computer
    Ultimately, the individual I will be replaced by a collective I that communicates via the internet. You then get a universal intelligence that can feel at home anywhere in the cosmos, even in interstellar space. And an asteroid for the resources is soon nearby.  

    1. I will read your link to Roeland tonight, in any case, thanks for that. I now understand what the silicon is needed for. Let it be clear that I very much appreciate being flesh and blood. But given the very distant future, it might well be the solution. In principle, they could work on any planet, etc., so we humans can just stand on earth with both feet on the ground. My gratitude. Mvg, Paul.

  7. @ Paul R.

    That also applies to me.
    I am very attached to my flesh and blood body with its weird quirks and limitations.
    Such big changes as described above go too far for a simple human mind.
    On other sites where matters are discussed that are also discussed here, you often see the narrow-mindedness and the not thinking further ahead than 2, 3, 4 years.
    If something is beyond the imagination of many people, for example the colonization of our solar system or practical immortality through stem cell technology, organ nurseries and nanobot defense systems, the frequently heard answer is: "Well, I will not experience that anymore."
    And those words are then spoken by someone who, statistically, will easily live another 30 or 40 years.

    But I can imagine that if I will soon be faced with the choice of being able to live an extremely long life through genetic interventions, after many years of habituation I will ultimately not know otherwise, and will easily accept further interventions.

    1. Dear Frank, what you call narrow-minded, I call fear of ignorance. What you say when you are faced with the choice to live longer on genetic interventions, etc. That does not mean that you are also disease free. Then I would still be in favor of silicon. But actually I can't say anything about that yet. I am not tired of life and despite some age-related ailments I have a reasonable life. But if it should come to the point that the time comes that we can have our body converted step by step, as it were, I wouldn't know at this point whether I want to. I see it as a big plus for the future to build robots that can work in the universe, they don't need food, let alone air, so that is already nice and cheap. They can provide themselves with the workable energy throughout the universe. I do hope that they do not give those robots too much thinking power, that they will not dominate us, for example by a mistake in the chip, because then we will have stayed in the monkey. Mvg, Paul. 

  8. By further researching the silicon (which is very much available on this planet) I came across some remarkable things, namely what was already known, that silicon is used in cp chips, in addition, it also serves many functions in our body such as bone growth, etc. You could indeed use this information in combination for the robots, among other things, but also as a workable prosthesis for our body. But silicon is again becoming an outdated process, there is now graphene and is already mentioned as a replacement for silicon.
    http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/grafeen-daagt-silicium-uit-in-zonnecel
    But the more I think about it it has a sea of possibilities and as roelof put it, it will take time, but it will come. Mvg, Paul.

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