Ramez Naam - Better than Borg





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Published on Mar 5, 2014

Better than Borg in an Age of Enhancement

Karl Marx vs the Market - Marx was a futurist - though he created a system without regard to the nature of the humans that populate it. Marxism ignores human nature. The market utilizes our human nature baked into us, that seeks to see ourselves better off - the market leverages this drive to produce value for the rest of the world.
Mao's great leap forward - killed thousands, same thing happened in cambodia - this dream of equality where all act in the same way - but food production collapsed.

==Every Day Transhumanism
Transhumanism has been around for a long time - since we started to go beyond biology and enhancing ourselves with our ideas.
When someone gets a hip replacement, when someone buys an iPhone and keeps in touch with their family - is that transhumanism? Yes.
Is Transhumanism a world that people know? Mostly not, but it is a world that people live.

==Changing Social Norms
We are threatened by the alien, we are a tribal species living in groups of 150 people or less, we fear the different - in our ancestral environment if you didn't know someone they were most likely a competitor or a threat.
Though tolerance of other people, other races, and other species has gone up over time (see Pinker's Better Angels of our Nature).
Genetically, we are a tribal species - yet today we are at an all time high in our respect for other genders, other races, other sexes, people with other sexual orientations and other religions...as we are exposed to differences, we become more accustomed to them, and they become less weird. And that 'weird' factor is what informs a lot of reluctance and resistance to anything that's new, so absolutely as we see things happen, as we are exposed to early adopters, we will eventually get accustomed to new technology, and eventually we will accept it.
It's possible that the younger generation will get more benefit out of new technologies. There are many situations that we see where a treatment or genetic change or anything of that nature has a bigger impact when taken earlier in life than when taken later.

Science, Technology & the Future - By Design


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