What does it mean to be human in an age of machines?

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/09/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human.html


I have grown up transhumanist. So for me, being “human” means what it always has - the ability to customize oneself. But I think the more banal sides of transhumanism merely extrapolate from the drives humans have taken for granted, such as territory, property, commerce, popularity, employment, etc. But for some of us, those are the very human limits which are worth working to transcend. So reconciling those with technological symbiosis rather than using tech to overcome them would be something of a failure.

I was quite scepticle at the start of the article. After all crows also use tools but aren’t “defined” by tool usage. When people scraped hides with rocks they weren’t “hide scrapers”. As the article developed it became more interesting.

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