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Would you consider enhancing yourself through technological means?

I'd be first to sign up!
Sure, if it were safe.
I'd not be amongst the first, but I'm not opposed to the idea.
I'd prefer not to alter my mind and body, thanks.
Transhumanism is a terrible idea - it's unethical/not achievable/dehumanising.

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Offline B.A.S.

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2008, 03:30:01 pm »
I would certainly "upgrade" myself in an instant. However this would only happen if I knew I could a)still be in control of myself and b)There are no bad side affects.
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2008, 03:33:32 pm »
Oh yea id totally do it. Id be like the next superdude.
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2008, 03:52:55 pm »
*thinks about bioshock*

hmm...i wont be the first in line...

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I want to be the first in line. Any form of enhancement, sign me up!
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2008, 06:10:06 pm »
I wouldn't do it unless it had to do with regrowing myself or fixing myself. Living with two arms is better than living with one, ya know. :P

But as far as enhancing myself goes, I don't think so. No problem with anybody else doing it, I mean it's THEIR decision, and it's not like it would do anything wrong (unless they started crushing things with their GIANT CRAB CLAWS OF DOOM).

So yah. Everyone else, feel free! I'll just be the dork that doesn't do it, and sits at the back of the bus breathing through my mouth, instead of my canine-like snout. :P


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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2008, 06:35:31 pm »
But you'd get the same issue as in Spore.  I would feel odd to say the least if gangsters and shady people all looked like penises.
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2008, 09:23:11 pm »
The only problem I see with this is the inevitable rise of supervillains and superheroes. The superheroes might be able to handle the villains, but avoiding collateral damage is another issue they'd have to deal with. :P


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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #36 on: April 08, 2008, 09:34:01 pm »
I found this pic while looking up "Transhuman" on Photobucket.



Now that is disturbing. If that's what being "Transhuman" eventually leads to, count me out!
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2008, 10:22:59 pm »
No, that isn't what Transhumanism is about.  That's an artist's idea of a human-animal hybrid of some sort, a step in the opposite direction.

For me, I guess it depends on what you mean by Transhumanism.  If you mean upgrading body parts, then sure, we do that already.  If you mean changing the genetics or behavior of humanity, or copying your brain onto a computer, count me out.
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2008, 10:59:12 pm »
Although most of you probably already know about this, Dresden Codak (http://dresdencodak.com/index.html) is an excellent webcomic focused very much around this concept.

I would only augment myself with things if I knew how they worked, how to fix them, and if they weren't especially dangerous. I very much like the idea of mechanically or biologically enhanced limbs, nanobots and so forth. If these things are ever invented in my lifetime, I will most certainly be using them, given I can afford it. :P

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2008, 03:29:59 am »
Might get a few things if they are affordable. get some decent vision I'm probably bordering on needing glasses as it is so why not fix that to beyond 20/20 be and get some super vision. Other than that mostly just replacing parts that start to fail on me. Oh and an arm mounted plasma cannon that that just goes with out saying.

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2008, 06:56:29 am »
Arg, its a plan by the robots to make us one of them! Borg!

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2008, 08:42:22 am »
As soon as the technologies in an operational stage then it'll probably become necessary in some areas. Think about it, would you rather have a regular surgeon or one who's hands have  been enhanced so that they no longer have the slightest tremor and have several times the dexterity of a normal human surgeons.
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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #42 on: April 09, 2008, 09:24:52 am »
So, I was just watching "The Universe" and they say that in 20 years a computer to where you could upload your entire brain will cost $1000 and in 30 years it will cost $1, consider now that cloning humans becomes legal and that uploading a human brain will be just as easy as downloading it, this gives a whole new meaning to immortality, in fact we might not even need to clone ourselves and upload our old memories to the new brain, a human brain inside a machine would experience a whole different realm, we might even be able to adapt our brains to work with that technology so that in time our mind will still be ours but we'll be mostly machine (or entirely).

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #43 on: April 09, 2008, 10:02:09 am »
I'd be the first to sign up, and I think humans are inevitably destined to become something 'inhuman' simply to survive and progress.

The parts of us which are considered the most 'human' are also the ones which inevitably cause suffering and inequality.

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Re: Transhumanism
« Reply #44 on: April 09, 2008, 10:15:42 am »
well if we want to get off this rock we need some kinda of genetic manipulation because we need to adapt to space and the difrent planets and evelution is not known for its speed

oh and everyone will look beautiful >.>

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