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Argument Essay Prompt: Humanism vs. Transhumanism
It is possible that we will pursue Transhuman-like capabilities at the risk of destroying what it means to be human. We have discussed this topic and now your task is to convince the reader that humans should either push ahead in the quest to technologically transform our species or that we should fight to preserve the human species as we are. Your essay should be at least 1000 words and integrate important information from at least two textual sources.
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Read at least two of the articles in the following WebQuest relating to the topic of Transhumanism. After doing so, explain to your peers which article got your attention and why. Identify two or three details about the article you want to share with them.
Transhumanism/Effects of Automation WebQuest
Directions: Take some time to read the following articles about Transhuman Technologies.
Link to the Transhumanist science of Bionics:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-16/bionic-eyes-arms-and-spines-no-longer-science-fiction/8266238 (Links to an external site.)
Link to general article about Transhumanism:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/16/will-technology-allow-us-to-transcend-the-human-condition/?utm_term=.ddc1709fbf58 (Links to an external site.)
Link to a Podcast about Transhumanism and the science of genetics.
https://www.newyorker.com/podcast/the-new-yorker-radio-hour/episode-87-virtual-reality-and-the-politics-of-genetics (Links to an external site.)
So, are you thinking that you might just be a Transhumanist? Find out by taking the quiz at the following link:
http://indiafuturesociety.org/transhumanist-take-test/ (Links to an external site.)
Now that we are beginning to think more actively about our next essay, I found the following link to help you out. Check it out!
https://thehumanist.com/magazine/september-october-2014/features/can-humanism-survive-the-coming-transhumanist-revolution/2/ (Links to an external site.)
Have you ever thought about how robots could take over the work force. Well, you may want to check out one the following articles on robotics and workplace automation.
http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-08-28/how-advances-automation-will-change-future-work (Links to an external site.)
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-new-american-dream-let-the-robots-take-our-jobs (Links to an external site.)
http://fortune.com/2015/05/20/here-are-the-jobs-automation-will-kill-next/ (Links to an external site.)
The article “Bionic eyes, arms, and spines are no longer science fiction” by Carl Smith is a great article with real life experiences of individuals who have had their instabilities solved through technology. However, I find the article ‘will technology allow us to transcend the human condition?” the most interesting because it demonstrates where technology is taking us in the future. One of the most fascinating things here is how organizations are dedicated to use improved technology to boost the intellectual, physical, and psychological capabilities of humans. It is surprising what technological advancements can do for humans. For instance, providing them with the ability to realize a hundred years of life.
Another thing that caught my eye in this article is how new technology continue pushing life limits. For instance, CRISPR makes it possible for scientists to transform certain genes within an organism making heritable transformations. Again, other people are now taking advantage of body augmentation technology using RFID chips implanted within their bodies. It is funny how first technology is growing something indicated by the lack of certain regulation leaving room for heated debate over the application of such technologies.
According to the author, using advanced technology for human augmentation is not without limitations. One problem is that only the wealthy can afford it. Secondly, people using technology to manipulate the world go to an extend of manipulating themselves. Though trans humanism is trying to solve the issue of inferior humans, it is doing it in the way according to religious and philosophical opponents. They refer to the movement as an anti-human movement.
It is surprising where technology it taking us. It is fascinating that people will be able to live more than a hundred years. On the other hand, it is unclear whether this is a good thing or not. It is a controversial matter.
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