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This is why transhumanism shows promise July 5, 2011

Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Technology, Transhumanism.
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James Hughes provides a future vision in the shadowy margins between reform and revolution. I favor fundamental social transformation and want it yesterday, but Hughes at least counterbalances the elitist market worship of millionaire tranhumanists like Kurzweil. Welfare capitalism on an evolutionary path to its own extinction would come as a welcome change in the context of this current nightmare.

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1. James Miller - July 12, 2011

But shouldn’t we worship “millionaire tranhumanists like Kurzweil” if we want social transformation as soon as possible?

And whatever else you think of markets, you should accept that compared too all other social organizations they excel at innovation in information technology.

Summerspeaker - July 12, 2011

I don’t accept that at all. Historically, modern technology has appeared in combination with the ascendance of capitalism and market relations – no question about there. But that says next to nothing about the system’s relative merits compared with all other forms of social organization. The empirical evidence shows that capitalism does not optimize for innovation. As Stephen Jay Gould noted, “I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” The existing order wastes untold human potential.

Moreover, I’m not interested in scientific progress above all else. I would be for freedom even if I thought it would retard (or end) technological advancement. There’s precious little basis to believe Kurzweil’s claim that innovation alone will automatically end suffering and want. It’s a possibility, but an awfully distant one. I’m not willing to wait for techno-heaven. I want liberation and I want it yesterday.


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