Why is almost every other transhumanist I meet online utterly batshit? I mean, the most famous transhumanist on this website alone has some kind of human pet fetish.
I don’t think I’m crazy
Wait, you’re transhumanist, too? Ah, so that makes you pretty much the only other sane transhumanist I’ve met over the internet so far.
My biggest statement/sentiment is “Never gonna die”, either through technological lengthening of centomeres, the digitization of the mind (Yes, I know that I have a 50/50 shot of actually living forever with that method, but it’s still me), or the replacing of organic components with technological ones.
My biggest reservation is the matter of security.
I’m a transhumanist and the concept of extended/infinite life for human beings is absolutely terrifying. Bring on the cyborgs and cool prosthetics and personhood for artificial intelligence and all that jazz, but when humanity overcomes aging we are absolutely fucked as a species. We will see inequality the likes of which we cannot even fathom today, and there will be no end to it.
The march of progress treads on the back of death and it will grind to a halt. Violence will be not just a valid political tactic but in many cases the only tactic. Sustainable living will be impossible; human economy will be based by necessity on endless growth. Innovation will stagnate as fresh perspectives fade away; undoubtedly, the loss of aging means a decline in the birth rate. Along with that, the youngest generation will be more powerless than ever before, and the oldest generation more entrenched in power than they could ever dream of today.
The good will still die young, and the bad will live forever. People do not understand how beneficial it is to humanity that all men must someday die. Seriously. It’s not worth it. The adult lifespan of a human being is already very long, just make it count.
You’re presuming that technological limitations will only be lifted for death. They would also be lifted for hunger, for fuel, and for other requirements.
Robotic bodies don’t need food, just energy. Solar powered society down to the individual level, in the truest sense.
Even in a world that doesn’t go Star Trek economics, there is a rapid commercialization of space travel, which will itself lead to a commercialization of space itself. The fundamental problem of capitalism on earth would be lifted by the fundamental promise of infinity.
Here are some things that we should reform society and/or use technology to eradicate before we even consider taking on aging:
2. Hate crimes.
3. Communicable disease.
9. Mental illness.
All of these things contribute far more to early death and preventing people from living the lives they want to live than the limit of the human lifespan does.
I’m not presuming any of those things because they literally aren’t even a factor in anything I said. If we technologically lengthen centomeres, that won’t suddenly cause our society to go 100% solar-powered. (Consider the fact that we could ALREADY replace vast swathes of our energy production with solar, and we don’t! Why is that?) It won’t end income inequality. It won’t end systemic oppression. It won’t uplift third-world countries (who probably will never even see the benefit of that technology, especially in the capitalist framework that would presumably give birth to said innovation).
Commercialization is bad. The profit incentive does not benefit the many. Infinity is not a “promise,” and an economy based on endless growth is unsustainable. The only way that the elimination of aging could benefit humankind is if it occurred in a society that was already full communism. Otherwise, it will assuredly only worsen and deepen the issues already present in our world.