Transhumanism is the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by utilizing science and technology. At times it is also referred to as Human 2.0. There is a viewpoint that humans can change or upgrade them to be cyborgs- part human and part machine. The topic of posthumanism and transhumanism are important in AI discussions. "Closer analysis of the teleology of transhumanism, however, reveals a concrete vision of the movement that can be regarded as slightly yet significantly different to the undergirding substantive interpretation of the human. While this foundational assumption of human nature can be used to link Christianity, humanism and transhumanism, the transhumanist vision of the future reveals a more nuanced understanding of the human that may compete with the Christian eschatological vision."
In the summer of 1990, I was running a pretty weird nightclub in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo. The Japanese scene was more centered around videogames and multimedia than around acid and other psychedelics, and Timothy Leary, a dean of '60s counterculture and proponent of psychedelia who was always fascinated with anything mind-expanding, was interested in learning more about it. He adopted me as a godson, and we started writing a book about The New Breed together, starting with "tune in, turn on, take over," as a riff off Tim's original and very famous "turn on, tune in, drop out." We never finished the book, but we did end up spending a lot of time together. Tim introduced me to his friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
What has improved American lives most in the last 50 years? According to a Pew Research study reported this month, it's not civil rights (10 percent) or politics (2 percent): it's technology (42 percent). And yet, according to other studies, most Americans are wary of technology, especially in areas of automation (72 percent), or robotic caregivers (59 percent), or riding in driverless vehicles (56 percent), and even in using brain chip implants to augment the capabilities of healthy people (69 percent). Science fiction, however, is quickly becoming science fact--the future is the machine. This is leading many to argue that we need to anticipate the ethical questions now, rather than when it is too late.