Alright lads, ever wondered how the future of mankind would benefit radically through the integration of science and technology?
Whether you have or not, this episode is definitely one you don’t want to miss, as this week we’re entering the fascinating world of Transhumanism. With help from our special guest James (author of The Transhumanist Manifesto) we look first and foremost, at what Transhumanism is, and where it could lead us.
As we dig into the culture and the movement we also probe the ethics of transhumanism. We also discuss a variety of related topics such as religious ties and opposition. The current surge in anti-science theories and anti-vaxxers. The prospect of Transhumanism becoming militarised. Becoming a catalyst for further class divide and ask, is it pushing us further away from what it actually means to be human.
If that wasn’t enough we also get into artificial intelligence. Singularity. The DIY work of Biohackers. Deathism. The acceptance of natural death and how the norm is being challenged by life expansion biochemistry and digital applications like mind uploading.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN & NOTES
0:33 – Intro
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES
11:57 – Origins of interest
13:00 – Playing God or the next stage of Evolution?
15:24 – Religion and Transhumanism
19:25 – Anti Science & Anti Vaxx Movement
24:33 – Is there any risk of Transhumanism being militarised?
27:18 – Could Transhumanism become a further catalyst for further class divide?
31:06 – Is Transhumanism pushing us further away from what it is to be human?
34:23 – Deathism, anti ageing and the acceptance of natural death
40:16 – Biohackers
50:27 – Is life expansion a genuine possibility?
52:59 – Mind uploading
56:16 – Artificial Intelligence
59:40 – Singularity
1:03:32 – Outro
As mentioned in the episode, James has put together The Transhumanist Manifesto and if you’re wanting to dig deeper into the topics discussed in this episode and go even further then that’s the place to visit.
Other resources mentioned in the episode can be found here.
DIGITAL TRENDS ARTICLE ON ‘BIOHACKERS’
ROB SPENCE – EYEBORG PROJECT
VERGE ARTICLE ON THE EXPIRATION OF MAGNETS (ADI ROBERTSON)
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