WHAT IS TRANSHUMANISM?
Transhumanism is a term used synonymously to mean “human enhancement.” It is an international cultural and intellectual movement that endorses the use of science and technology to enhance the human condition, both mentally and physically.
In support of this, transhumanism also embraces using emerging technologies to eliminate the undesirable elements of the human condition such as aging, disabilities, diseases, and involuntary death. Many transhumanists believe these technologies work to promote universal access to and democratic control.
In the long scheme of things, transhumanism can also be considered the transitional period unto the condition called “posthuman". As a theme, transhumanism embraces heady questions. What defines human? What does it mean to defeat death? If minds are software, where do you draw the line with programming them? If machines and animals can also be raised to sapience, what are our responsibilities to them? If you can copy yourself, where does “you" end and someone new begin? How will these technologies change our societies, our cultures, and our lives?