Transformation starts today February 15, 2010Posted by Summerspeaker in Evo psych, Technocracy, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
That’s right. You don’t have to wait for advanced nanotechnology or strong AI. While far from ideal, the present material circumstances of the species hold much potential. We have the resources and productive power to enable everyone on the planet to live the good life by current standards. The results wouldn’t be as sweet as transhumanist dreams of utility fog and biological immortality, yet still light-years beyond the mess we’ve got now. Even without any scientific advance, we have what we need to radically change society for the better.
Transhumanists too often fall into the trap of dismissing the existing state of the human race as hopeless. I can certainly relate. Around two week ago a car hit me as I was riding my bicycle, breaking my ankle and wrist. I’ve been hobbling around my home cursing at my inability to do anything. It’s awfully rough. I’d rather not be weak flesh subject to injury, disease, and death. I long for the world of genies and eternal youth. But I can’t let that desire blind me to the possibilities that don’t require speculative advancements. Old-fashioned popular struggle promises plenty. Present problems of consumption and distribution come out of a specific cultural and social context. We humans are remarkably flexible creatures; it’s wildly speculative as well as downright lazy to assign the current ills to inherent flaws.