Human Augmentation

2 years, 5 months ago

Cyborgs,transhumanism,post-humans,consequences,advantages,moral implication,religion,science,etc

Thoughts?

August 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

You must sign in or join to reply!

1
Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@ziggy, If you want a really great catalogue go here: http://nickbostrom.com/

Nick is one of THE masters within the school of transhumanism.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Michaela Jayne Michaela Jayne (@mjayne) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@ziggy, I see the. . .intense. . .side of it as being rather jokey.

But the realistic side that I could be sympathetic towards? I see that aspect of the topic to be no different than taking antibiotics to make you better when youre sick. . .getting a hip-replacement surgery. . .getting a nose job. . . tanning. . .using moisturizer. . .wearing clothes. . .any of that.

Just enhancing what you physically are to attain some desired benefit. It could be getting better instead of being sick thanks to antibiotics, or it could be getting a better ass thanks to cosmetic surgery. As we progress you may be getting better because of some super tiny machines that floats around in your blood, and making your ass look better by altering the way your cells regenerate or completely replacing them by a more appealing substance.

So you get the crazy aspect to it. . .that people talk about like we are all going to be Terminator-type humanoid robots. . .and you also get the less ridiculous moving forward and addressing needs and desires in more sophisticated ways that can look kind of insane now because of the exponential growth pattern that is present where we expect, and have been taught, that there should be a linear one.

Kind of like when you watch spy movies where theres all kinds of gadgets that dont exist at the time, or Star Trek, whatever. . .science fiction. . .and you see -cool- stuff like secret phones in every-day objects and weird stuff that does stuff we dont have now. . .like the ability to just -beam- people to wherever we want them to go and have them show up there. Some of those crazy gadgets that we dont, or didnt, have at the time are totally practical to try and actually make because they would actually be a good idea. . . .where as others are just purely fantasy and would be pointless other than looking cool in the real world. I think a lot of the ideas people have about the future and merging with technology are of the crazy weird impractical type, and then some people actually can conceive of things that make sense.

Kind of like, watching the Jetsons now. . .almost all of it seems completely dumb. It looks like the fifties not like the future. If someone told you we were headed towards the Jetsons being reality it would be kind of weird and laughable. . . .but if someone told you that you could have a -robot- that popped out eggs, bacon, and toast all at the press of a button for you then you might already know that such a thing exists and isnt that nuts actually.

Thats what I think. Theres crazy, and theres logical.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of DaJetPlane DaJetPlane M (@lytning91) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I’ve been down this road on this site already, but in short, I see a drastic rise in human/robotic interactions over the next 50-100 years, if our society makes way for the growth.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Here’s what you need to know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nx4TvGauDw

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Justin Justin (@falsecandles) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

It’s the future.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Bryan Hellard Bryan Hellard M (@xyver) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@beyond, Excellent video

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I think we would likely go more natural, rather than machine improvements, we would grow replacement parts. As @mjayne, said, nanobots floating around in our bloodstream would repare damaged tissue and maybe augment muscular strength and resilience. Perhaps even increase neural responses so our reactions improve, be able to fight off illness, manage pain, keep your fat % at optimal, etc. Nanos have the potential to make us much better than as we are, all without bionic transplants.
I’d say that would be the common thing in future, but I am sure there will be people who would benefit from certain machine replacements due to their careers. eg: Brain to computer links Matrix style and police and bodyguards who have bionic implants to improve speed, strength, sight and hearing, etc.

[Hidden]
Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This

12

Suggestions for a site-wide HE 30 day challenge?

Starting in February, we’re going to have monthly 30-day challenges! We had a very successful challenge years back when the discussions were first added to HE. It’s time to revive them! Which challenge should...

1

How to Suck at Life and Totally Waste Everyone's Time.

step 1:Argue with everyone Step2: Always argue Step3: Be an ass hole for fun Step4: Post videos and links to prove a point Step5: Do all of the above while on this website

3

Sleep paralysis , OBE, lucid dream

I just had my first sleep paralysis, obe, ld. it happened out of nowhere and on a sober mind. I wanted to achieve lucid dreaming for so long and it finally happened! Im super excited! Even tho the sleep paralysis wasnt...

1

Red Rover Red Rover is education over?

To begin I would like to forewarn you that this is not a rant about the current education system (which I believe most people here view as flawed), rather a niche topic not really discussed. People earn an education to...

4

Are you smart or dumb? What is intelligence?

What’s smart and what’s dumb? What’s the difference between them? Is your intelligence fixed or fluid? One guy does well in school, devotes his life to the academic system. Becomes a master in his field...

1

Not sure what to do next?

I am 21 years old and recently extremely depressed with my existence. I’m not sure where I am going, or why I have ended up where I am in life.. I’ve always had a close group of friends who mean the world to...

1

SHE = super high existence

Why is the abbreviation of this amazing website another hidden sign that we live in a patriarchal society. HE, clearly referring to the male gender. So, women can’t be conscious and think of a higher existence ? To...

8

Marijuana + Meditation = ?

A couple weeks ago I tried meditating after smoking some weed. We sat on these two blocks in the middle of an empty park staring at the sky and meditating. It was the most peaceful 20 minutes of my life. So anyone ever...

1

Spirituality becoming a commodity?

I have been really disappointed where the “festival scene” is going in Colorado. This weekend I took LSD and went to a “show” not knowing what to expect. The first thing I see is a baby on the...

22

What single change would have the MOST positive impact on the world?

Could be societal, political, economical, etc. In other words, if we could only change ONE thing about the world to better our lives, what should it be?

1

Embrace Your Surroundings

So a couple months ago I read this beautiful and amazing book titled Ishmael. A very special friend suggested I read it, and it completely changed my outlook on Western culture and our modern civilization. I recommend...

1

Consciousness in dreams

I was thinking the other night and these questions came to me. Why aren’t we completely conscious in our dreams? Why do we have to practice lucid dreaming in order to achieve total consciousness in dreams? Why...

6

Where are the discussions?

Three years ago was when I first found HE. The focus in the early days was discussion, ideas and argument. That was HE 2.0, we are 3 version onwards and the majority of the front page of HE is filled with pictures of...

1

Anybody aware of similar websites?

I love this website so much for everything from daily motivation, awareness, ambition, inspiration, etc etc. It truly is one of the best websites I’ve ever encountered, but i’m also fairly new to these type...