Biological Responses to Cyborg Life

While there have been a number of compelling essays on gender equality, physical differences continue to define human beings. Cyborg life forms would be without these constraints. Certain feminist authors have actually focused on this as a radical way to achieve gender equality, though other commentators have held less optimistic views.

Computer culture is probably a good indication of the way that society is moving as it approaches a technological singularity. Even though Internet technology has continued to shape the way people think, it seems that people are still slaves to their genetic code. Role-play characters are an excellent example of this.

Gamer culture focuses heavily on the ability to take on the roles of different characters. While players can create any sort of being that they wish to in a freeform role-play, many of them seem to be uncomfortable playing characters that completely lack gender roles. Neuter characters must seem alien to the human psyche.

While it is a primitive desire, humans are currently still required to reproduce to survive as a species. Cyborg life is somewhat unsettling in this respect. Few people are ready to throw away their ability to reproduce organically for instance. Mass production is frowned upon in many circles, and it might be difficult to find people who would like to apply that technique to humanity as a whole.

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s Message of Cosmism

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky once wrote, “The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.” While people often think about futurism as a recent concept, Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) was laying the foundation of it in the late 19th century. The principle of Russian cosmism combined aspects of natural philosophy, ethics, religion and science. As one might expect from an Eastern European development, Orthodoxy was also an extremely important influence. Read More →

Humanity 2.0 – Cybernetic Individuals Today

Future humans might very well be a certain variety of organic machine hybrid. But what about right now? Are we witnessing the emergence of cyborg life within our society today? Consider that artificial hearts and prosthetic limbs are probably the best-known types of machinery intended to be grafted onto or within human flesh. Such artificial designs are supposed to fulfill a medical need. They are used when human organs or tissue have failed or has been amputated. Is this not a form of cybernetic integration? One would not usually receive a prosthetic for any recreational reason today however, I can see a future where perhaps this may be commonplace (or even trendy) in instances where prosthetic devices or artificial organs might enhance human performance and/or prolong life. Given that we’re headed into the weekend, I thought this might be a good topic to wrap up the week.  Read More →

Superintelligence Must be Carefully Tapped

I’m of the opinion that if we’re ever going to achieve long-range space exploration/colonization, human engineering of some sort will be required. This not only applies to space exploration however, but most likely the long-range survival of humanity in general. The common fear in this topic seems to always conjure up a ‘rise of the machines’ scenario when I’m discussing this with others. So I thought that today I’d post a few thoughts on how these fears might be alleviated in the future. Read More →