Detailed View of Transhumanism
Is it theoretically possible to achieve transhumanism? To answer this question, we must go back in time to when it originally began. Transhumanism is not a new concept and was studied since 1960 when it was first proposed by a man named FM-2030. His initials probably show he was way ahead of time, or maybe a time traveler from 2030. In his works, he showed humans will use technology in their favor to make them merit features of posthumanism. During the same year, he was publicizing his theories; he referred to those embracing technology as transhuman.
Currently, the term transhumanism defines a philosophical movement that believes that humans will use sophisticated technologies at their disposal to enhance their conditions. They term humans as weak creatures, not being able to withstand social pressures, or sometimes think clearly. These individuals advocate that the only betterment, which will make us superior, is through the use of technology. Their manifesto comprises feats of human achievement that have never been witnessed before in terms of physiological improvements. To be clear, their narrations narrow down to enhance longevity, moods, and cognitive abilities.
Proponents of transhumanism study the benefits of technologies, and how they can benefit people. For instance, most of them fall in technological sectors because that’s where they hope to see breakthroughs. It’s easier to see technology has already benefited people in so many ways. There is better healthcare, more secured financial institutions, infrastructures, etc. Their fixate perspective, however, is more than just improved lifestyles, they have sights on the levels of posthumanism. With the rapid advancement in tech, better things are yet to come.
As humans, we possess in-built limitations and have yet been changed. It’s human’s inherent nature to forget, to age, to fall sick, and establish behavioral changes instantly. Some countries still harbor corrupt leaders and dysfunctional governments. Those in power take advantage of their might to oppress those who don’t have and annihilate oppositions. It’s a way we’ve lived ever since, and some of these attributes are slowly becoming part of us. These societies are like a dystopia universe to believers of transhumanism. Having the tech to take control, they believe a utopia society is easily achievable.
It’s not only the benefits of technologies that they study to get it to be a parcel of our lives. They also keep in mind the bad or dangers that can be brought in by technology. Most of the superpower countries have armed themselves with nuclear weapons, and others have gone to the extent of hosting biological weapons. If there were to be another war, most war analysts believe it will be the end of human existence. That’s why it’s of importance to learn how such risks can be mitigated in case nuclear footballs are activated. Transhumanism followers believe people weren’t created to be earth dwellers alone. With tech, we are fully equipped to fly into space and occupy other inhabitable planets.
Before the discovery of planes or even telephones, it was feasibly impossible to reach faraway destinations in minutes or relay messages in seconds. Therefore, transhumanism is not a solid transition that is going to happen instantly. It is happening slowly, transforming human facets one at a time over generations. Though recently, we’ve seen faster improvements in several fields, in the ’60s, little was happening considering most of the population back then was illiterate or had little education.
Yes, transhumanism is theoretically possible, but it’s happening in subtle ways throughout many fields. Some were instantaneous, like splitting of the atom, development of antibiotic penicillin, and cloning. Nations today are putting a huge chunk of their budget on research and development so that they could be leaders in this new frontier. Healthy competition is brewing, which will make innovations more exciting, leading to faster transhumanism. Science fiction films have able to foreshadow new technologies that later came to pass. It has also made transhumanism more attractive, fueling the desires of individuals to join the movement.
In 2017, by what was a breakthrough by members of transhumanism, two scholars successfully published papers on post-human studies. The two were from Penn State University; Philosopher Stefan Lorenz and Sociologist James Hughes. Their journal was based on Posthumanism and transhumanism, research that will provide groundworks for those who wish to delve into the study of transhumanism.