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Jun
10

Philosophy Behind Singularity


After writing about singularity, and Ray Kurzweil, I have been contemplating the origins of the philosophical background for this technotopia idealism.  It appears that a central premise is based on humanism.  However, the idea is that people become something other than human; that they become superior through the integration of  integration of technology .  This idea of evolving into a new type of human is called transhumanism.

Closely twisted in the philosophy of this transhumanists is the idea of ethics.  However, unlike philosophies that place value on preserving  humanity and the natural systems of life, the transhumanists see the biological reality of humanity as a problem to overcome.  For to become immortal, which is a tenet of transhumanists, is a chief coal.  Their concept is to place either place human consciousness inside of technology or to teach technology socially progressive philosophy and to respect the old biological systems. 

According to Wikipedia, transhumanists, and those writing about singularity are identified with transhumanists, hold some interesting beliefs about human existence. 

  1. Immortality.  This idea that people should live for ever
  2. That  we should use technology to genetically alter humanity
  3. The machines and not humans should make the decisions of how human life is carried out
  4. That gender should be eliminated

The article goes on to say that for the most part these philosophers are atheists.  Critics say that these thinkers are crossing into dangerous  political and moral grounds.  What do you think? 

For a solid review of Transhumanism

Singularity Who’s Who:

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