Media focus on Kurzweil February 14, 2011Posted by Summerspeaker in Technology, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
You’ve likely all already read the Time Magazine piece by Lev Grossman entitled “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal“. Transhumanism/Singularitarianism in its various forms continues to become mainstream. The hype inspires criticism, such as further vicious attacks from PZ Myers. Kurzweil’s vision deserves criticism, but what Myers provides fails to satisfy. Fundamentally, the belief that technological advancement alone will automatically and inevitably solve existing social problems worries me. The Kurzweilian narrative aligns with this traditional American worldview. There’s no need for revolution: If we just stay the course of capitalism and profit-driven innovation, unpleasant things like global poverty will melt away before the radiance of Progress. In this aspect, Singularitarianism exists as a profoundly reactionary force. (Why else would Bill Gates approve?) Socially conscious transhumanists must stress the active construction and uncertainty of the future.