After researching the previous post about BioArt and seeing all the weird and wonderful things artists are doing with transgenic manipulation of organic tissue, I thought to myself, “Hey, if we can make a fluorescent bunny, what’s stopping us from making a glow-in-the-dark human?” Although it is tempting to look at these biomodified creatures in a darker light, I couldn’t help buy wonder how the burgeoning technology in the biotech field could help the collective human race advance–hopefully to a good end and not to an apocalyptic Terminator-style throwdown. And, like most of my ideas, somebody else had thought of it first.
The transhumanism/posthumanism movement is in full swing in some circles. Commonly called H+ by those in the know, these thinkers and scientists are working in myriad fashion to enhance, upgrade, and, in short, make people better not only in terms of genetics but also in terms of access to quality health care, improved social well-being, and the creation of technology that will enhance the overall human experience.
Bad genetics bringing you down? No problem, pretty soon someone (for a nominal fee) can engineer a concoction to ensure you and your progeny achieve that coveted ubermensch–which may or may not usher in a bleak and world-wide dystopia.
Can’t lift your inconsiderate neighbor’s car who blocked you in yet again? No problem. Japanese scientists gotcha covered:
Critical Posthumans: This is what we all are. Critical posthumanism is simply the idea that our concept of “human” as a natural, non-technological thing was wrong from the beginning. Humans are most human when using technology, modifying ourselves and our surroundings.Transcendent Posthumans: This is what we (most of us) wish we were. Flawless, immortal, godlike. Abilities so above and beyond humans that they are almost unimaginable.Transhumans: This is what we are becoming […] Nanotech, organ transplants, genetic engineering, prosthetics, cognitive- and mood-enhancing drugs, cloning, morphological freedom, and anti-aging medicine are a small sampling of the tech helping us overcome our biological limits.