A "Post-Human" Future?

While many observers recognize that human biotechnologies can pose serious risks to individuals and society, others deny or downplay these challenges. Some embrace a vision of a “post-human” or “transhumanist” future where people will be so dramatically transformed that they are no longer human. While this is a marginal view, transhumanist advocates are vocal proponents of “enhancing” physical and cognitive abilities though genetic modification as well as implants and other surgeries, in hopes of transcending aspects of the human condition like aging and dying. From their perspective, the fact that many applications of biotechnologies for these purposes would likely exacerbate existing inequalities is typically of little concern.


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Biotechnology and the rise of AI may split humankind into a small class of ‘superhumans’ and a huge underclass of ‘useless’ people. Once the masses lose their economic and political power, inequality levels could spiral alarmingly

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Will social inequality soon be programmed into our DNA?

The chasm between rich and poor in the world has become so extreme it is frequently difficult to grasp. The eight richest men in the world now own as much as...

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Tuesday morning, more than 200 biologists, businesspeople, and ethicists will converge on the New York Genome Center in New York...

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Seeing a thousand of my potential progeny gave me a glimpse of new things that future parents will stress over.

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