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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