With genetic engineering, drugs, and other forms of cognitive enhancement, it is possible for us to create beings with intellects so advanced that to us they are literally unimaginable.
That would be a very bad idea. Why? Because, just as we humans use and sometimes destroy beings of lower moral status such as rocks and goats for our own benefit, post-persons could do the same to us. This might happen in “supreme emergencies”, when we would be reluctantly sacrificed for a greater good, or “supreme opportunities”, when we would be cheerfully sacrificed for a greater good.
The world’s first openly transhumanist politician is serving in a national parliament.
Giuseppe Vatinno was elected in July for the Alleanza per l'Italia party in the Italian parliament.
New Scientist interviewed him about his philosophy. Vatinno explained that transhumanism “aims to free humanity from its biological limitations, overcoming natural evolution to make us more than human”.
Transhumanism is 'a whole new can of worms', so to speak. What are your thoughts?
Edited by Karlis, 13 October 2012 - 03:47 PM.