Transhumanists: Superhuman Powers & Life Extension Tech Will Allow Us To Become Like God

Preface by Washington’s Blog: We believe transhumanism has very misguided ideas and goals.

By Michael Snyder, American Dream.

If you could merge your current mind and body with technology that would give you superhuman powers and would allow you to live forever, would you do it? This is essentially what the transhumanism movement is seeking to accomplish.


Image: Transhumanism (Wiki Commons).

Transhumanists envision a day when technology will allow humanity to become so advanced that sickness, disease, poverty and war will essentially be eradicated. They believe that merging with machines will permit us to become trillions of times more intelligent than we are today, and they also believe that radical life extension technologies will make it possible for humanity to actually achieve immortality. Many transhumanists are convinced that such a world can be achieved within their lifetimes. They point to Moore’s Law and to the fact that technology already appears to be growing at an exponential rate. As the technology curve continues to steepen, transhumanists believe that our world will rapidly become transformed into a place that would be unrecognizable to us today. Just a few decades from now, transhumanists believe that superhuman powers and extremely advanced life extension technologies will allow them to essentially become like gods.

The key moment that most transhumanists are looking forward to is known as “the Singularity”. That is the moment when artificial intelligence will actually surpass human intelligence and a massive technological chain reaction will be triggered. At that time, most transhumanists believe that biological intelligence will merge with non-biological intelligence and humanity will become vastly more intelligent than it is today. During this transition, society will be fundamentally transformed

After the Singularity occurs, it is predicted that vast changes will sweep through society; changes so drastic that they are nearly inconceivable at the present time. Experts in the movement say that after the Singularity, indefinite human life extension will rapidly become the norm. Many scientists working in this field are particularly interested in the concept of achieving immortality.

To most people, the idea of achieving immortality in our decaying physical bodies would sound absolutely ridiculous.

But transhumanists are very serious about this.

One way they are seeking to accomplish this is by searching for a method that will enable them to store the human mind on a computer. If your entire consciousness could be “uploaded” into a computer, it could conceivably later be downloaded into a futuristic avatar of some sort once that technology has been developed.

But that is not the only life extension technology that transhumanists are working on. Some other examples include embedding nanobots in our bodies and brains and eliminating diseases through the process of “genetic reprogramming”…

Other futurists and transhumanists are working toward improving longevity through more biological means, such as growing new organs from stems cells, replacing worn out parts of the body with high-tech updated models, and curing diseases through genetic reprogramming. A third method of achieving a transhuman state of being may come through merging the biological and non biological in equal measure, such as embedding nano robots into the bloodstream and brain; and replacing atoms with nano computers to solve the degeneration that comes with aging.

According to transhumanists, not only will we be able to live much longer, but our quality of life will also be so much better in the future. The following is how one transhumanist envisions what life will be like in the 2050s

Robots have become an important family acquisition. Ability to replicate self-assembling robot parts in nanofactories, make these machines easily available and affordable. By 2050, technologies advancing at “Moore’s Law” speeds have produced an android-like creature nearly indiscernible from a human.

Programmed with Internet-downloaded software, 2050s household robots cater to our every whim. They also manage the nanorobots that whiz through our veins keeping us healthy 24/7, and monitor our safety when we connect to simulation events that whisk us away in a Star Trek Holodeck-like adventure.

That sounds wonderful doesn’t it?

But how will we earn the money to pay for all of those things?

If robots are so advanced at that point, why would companies even need human workers?

Or will we have to “enhance” ourselves with technology just to be useful in the workforce?

In a recent article by Andrew Smart, he suggests that these “enhancements” could just turn us into “better slaves”…

Could it be that we’ve been tricked into pouring our innovative energy into making ourselves better slaves? If the digital elite achieves its dream of a perfect union with machines, what becomes of the rest of us who either can’t afford cyborgification or who actually enjoy life as a regular human being? Would one Singularitized human be expected to handle the workload of 100 unenhanced workers? Robots will have of course taken the rest of the jobs.

In fact, robots are already taking our jobs at a staggering pace. This is even happening in low wage countries such as China

Chinese company Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, has announced it intends to build a robot-making factory and replace 500,000 workers with robots over the next three years.

But transhumanists are not really concerned with such matters. They insist that we will become so intelligent that we will easily figure out the solutions to such social issues.

Yes, most transhumanists concede that there will be bumps on the road to utopia, but they argue that it would be foolish not to “take control of our own evolution”. They believe that we can use science and technology to guide the evolution of society and that this will create a far better world than we have today. The following is what one participant stated at a recent conference about transhumanism and religion

Transhumanism is a thrust toward transcendence. It is not classical mysticism but seeks a temporal transcendence The driving force behind this is evolution…

What is reality? Reality is evolution. It has a direction from the simple to the complex; the most complex [outcome] is intelligence. Thus evolution is aimed at intelligence.

We should thus have a will to evolve. We have a moral responsibility to increase evolution and do so by continually striving to expand our abilities throughout life by acting in harmony with the evolutionary process…

Science and technology move us toward Utopia. One of the most exciting things about transhumanism is that all will be fixed.

That all sounds so alluring.

After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a “utopia” where everything that is currently wrong with our planet has been “fixed”?

But transhumanists don’t just stop there. They believe that eventually we will possess such superhuman powers and will enjoy such radical life extension technologies that we will essentially be like God.

The most famous transhumanist on the globe, Ray Kurzweil, takes 150 vitamin supplements a day in an attempt to extend his life until more advanced life extension technologies can be developed. In chapter 7 of “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology”, he expresses his belief that evolution and technology are systematically moving us in the direction of becoming more like God…

“Evolution moves toward greater complexity, greater elegance, greater knowledge, greater intelligence, greater beauty, greater creativity, and greater levels of subtle attributes such as love. In every monotheistic tradition God is likewise described as all of these qualities, only without any limitation: infinite knowledge, infinite intelligence, infinite beauty, infinite creativity, infinite love, and so on. Of course, even the accelerating growth of evolution never achieves an infinite level, but as it explodes exponentially it certainly moves rapidly in that direction. So evolution moves inexorably toward this conception of God, although never quite reaching this ideal. We can regard, therefore, the freeing of our thinking from the severe limitations of its biological form to be an essentially spiritual undertaking.”

Transhumanist Mark Pesce is even more extreme. He openly states that he believes that transhumanism will allow us “to become as gods”

“Men die, planets die, even stars die. We know all this. Because we know it, we seek something more—a transcendence of transience, translation to incorruptible form. An escape if you will, a stop to the wheel. We seek, therefore, to bless ourselves with perfect knowledge and perfect will; To become as gods, take the universe in hand, and transform it in our image—for our own delight. As it is on Earth, so it shall be in the heavens. The inevitable result of incredible improbability, the arrow of evolution is lipping us into the transhuman – an apotheosis to reason, salvation – attained by good works.”

And what transhumanist Dr. Richard Seed has to say about all of this is quite frightening. He warns of “warfare” if anyone tries to prevent him from becoming a god…

If you want to get an idea of where transhumanists want to take us, just check out the YouTube video posted below. It was produced by “the 2045 Initiative”, and as you can see, they believe that the world will be infinitely superior in the year 2045 than it is today

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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  • RF2000

    My guess is that 2050 will prove to be way too optimistic.

  • Joffan

    We already need to change how we think about work, value and money.

    “If robots are so advanced at that point, why would companies even need human workers?” – and if the only way to make money is to work, then who is going to buy the products of those factories?

    Value is rooted in human happiness and contentment (and aversion to suffering). Things only have value because people want them.

  • Mark

    This all seems too good to be true. I can’t help but be reminded that this ‘being like God’ is exactly what the serpent in the Garden of Eden lured Eve with. Whatever you think of that story, it’s the exact same carrot driving these people.

    I think, even if things to according to these people’s overly optimistic plans, it won’t be the utopia they envision. This is just another avenue of gaining power. Absolute power, actually. There’s a reason the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely” was coined. It’s true. We’re so much more technologically advanced today than we were even 100 years ago. What are we doing with it, on a large scale? Why are so many starving & dying of completely preventable diseases when, today – right now, we have the power as a race to stop it? It’s not because it’s not possible. It’s because once people get a taste of great power they are almost always corrupted by it, to one degree or another.

    Even if these types of advances are made, it won’t be the utopia these guys are all dreaming up. Most likely, one of the first applications will be for some sort of weaponry. That’s mostly what we’ve been doing with technology, especially for the past 100 years.

  • not authorized

    Terrifying, yes. But we should all recognize, immortality is really only a matter of time. If not by us, then by those that would seek enslavement. That truth, is self evident with all the recent biotech news.

    We need to discuss this possibility as rational adults. I have no problem with discussing it, but any aspects of immortality must be tempered with wisdom, and done in such a way to secure the blessings of liberty for all.

    • Bob F

      How about no kids while immortal. Then if you want to have children you have to relinquish your immortality.

      • not authorized

        That is something that needs a very rational discussion about. Personally I think that would violate natural rights somehow. Remember, space has a lot of real estate.

        • Bob F

          There are no such things as natural rights, just ask Japanese Americans in the interment camps during World War II. At best we have priviledges or laws or agreements, none of which I am aware of discuss immortality.

          To take it a step further space may have a lot of real estate but we could still completely use it all up if we did nothing but procreate and live forever.

          • not authorized

            No natural law? No. And thus is the problem. Lawlessness is the problem, law is the cure. How can you make such a statement when the black letter of the law says otherwise? Just because xyz was done, doesn’t make it lawful.

            We the people, was written in 1700’s style CAPSLOCK from a reason. How many rights can you count in the US Constitution preamble alone.

            Besides, you cannot measure society based in the oligarchy off today. The oligarchy had been around for quite some time. Eradicate debt slavery first, then we can progress.

            A society like Star Trek, or, other sci-fi is not possible? Sorry, I do not subscribe to a human only universe.

          • Bob F

            Lawlessness is the problem but to pretend that we have “rights” when they have been repeatedly violated is just foolhardy. Just because a piece of paper says we have “rights” doesn’t mean or do anything. Did slaves have equal “rights”, did women have equal “rights”. If we have “rights” why weren’t they all in the Bill of Rights to begin with? If we really had “rights” shouldn’t a right to food and a roof over your head be a part of them? Where was that in the Bill of Rights? It was a nice idea but to say they are natural, why are they natural? Do elephants or dolphins or orcas have natural rights? They have brains as big or much bigger than our own and are probably self-aware. We still hunt them and kill them. Do we have rights endowed by our creator? Where is this creator to protect our rights? There has been one law through most of existence, the law of the jungle.

            I am most likely a bigger ST TNG buff than you, I believe we can have that future but it will require making laws and advances in technology. That is not to say we cannot have laws that require much more political will to change in an effort to protect our ideals.

            We humans have ideas and sometimes we try to implement them.

            I believe we should implement a law where all the various natural resources of the earth are evenly divided amongst all humans.

            I believe DARPA should be seeking to make agricultural automation and building automation and clothing automation. That would go a long way more to fulfilling a “right” that we humans should have but it is just an idea one that may take off eventually or one that may die.

            As far as aliens, the point I was making is that we cannot grow as a population like we are continuing to do while at the same time consuming more and more resources. Add immortality into the mix without any population constraint and you have a recipe for disaster. Even with making colonies on other planets we would quickly consume everything. Are aliens just going secede all of their territory so we may grow at an unlimited pace? The only way around this is if we could create matter and energy from nothing. Maybe that is possible but it is far from proven.

  • paul

    The problem isn’t wanting progress. Humans generally want progress just as much as they want security. The problem is a selfish minority trying to force progress. Humanity has not digested the past several centuries of lightning fast change, and these monsters want to press the speed pedal harder and harder. They claim that it is their perogative to do this, and why should they, being mortal, be told to wait, to slow down; but it isn’t their perogative. They have managed to gain control over the resources and activities of the rest of humanity. They have stolen the group perogative. They are forcing rates of change that are too fast and too radical.

  • Reality Boy

    I think the human race needs to wake up to reality!
    I’d suggest everyone go watch these:

    Star Trek TOS – The mark of Gideon
    Start Trek Voyager – The Thaw

    The first one depicts a world which we’re fast approaching here on Earth now. A world where life is extended indefinitely and only occurs at extreme old age. Where living is in reality a mere existence and the quality of life is gone due to extreme overpopulation and resource depletion.
    Mankind needs to be more concerned with living worthwhile fulfilling lives rather than obsess with simply extending the lifespan as much as possible. Who wants to live to 150 years old but be in a wheelchair from 90…alive but not living…
    We need to understand the concepts of unchecked population growth and vastly increased lifespans vs finite rapidly depleting natural resources. ie infinite growth paradigm. We need to live in touch with nature and reality or face oblivion as the laws of nature dictate will happen.

    The second show – visualises a world where the human mind is integrated into a virtual world and the severe problems that it causes for the physical body.
    Maybe in a hundred years we can exists virtually and even shed the physical body. Logically we could then reproduce virtually too and all human life would exist as mere computer code.
    One wonders how the system will be maintained and what integrity checks will exist.
    Imagine what a virus could do! All virtual entities could be made into nighmarish monsters or anything the virus wishes. Welcome to The Matrix, minus the human bodies.
    No doubt the messianic nature of our species will ensure these realities will happen, but I for one will be gone from this world by the time they materialise, and I’ll be grateful for it.

  • ahuxley

    “…Transhumanists envision a day when technology will allow humanity to become so advanced that sickness, disease, poverty and war will essentially be eradicated…”

    Ain’t gonna happen for the vast majority of us…
    Why?
    Because “technology”, just like any other commodity, has been commandeered by the sociopaths who constitute the global elite. And they simply won’t allow us peons to use “technology” that fosters immortality.
    Why?
    Because immortality breeds awareness. And awareness breeds descent. And descent will NOT be tolerated by those who benefit by our slavery…

  • This kind of invincible thinking is dangerous.

  • RedneckCryonicist

    Hey, I’ve wanted to become an immortal superman ever since I read Robert Ettinger’s book, Man Into Superman, back in 1974:

    http://www.cryonics.org/images/uploads/misc/ManIntoSuperman.pdf

    I plan to give a talk about Ettinger’s book at the Cryonics Convention in Laughlin, Nevada, this November:

    http://venturist.info/venturists-november-2014-cryonics-convention-in-laughlin-nevada.html

  • mirageseekr

    I think this is delusional thinking. You will not overcome the the fact that some would still use any technology for evil or greed. Until we evolve to create a society that avoids leaders that push war and greed we will always just be sheep. Maybe super powered sheep but sheep. What makes life special is the fact we know there is a time limit on it.

  • Hayek

    I fully support transhumanist goals. I fell in love with the concept 7 years ago thanks mostly to David Pearce’s manifesto and various webpages (see http://www.biopsychiatry.com http://www.bltc.com http://www.hedweb.com).

    While I agree many are overly-optimistic and unrealistic, I think it’s the only hope left we have as specie. Truth is, the technical and scientific challenges are minimal compared to the social, regulatory, and governmental obstacles.

    Current humans are living in conditions so far off from their natural state. Natural selection obviously didn’t keep up with technology, and the changes in living conditions during the last 2-3 centuries.

    We’re gonna have to choose between upgrading ourselves, or eventual large-scale self-destruction and a return to hunter-gatherer tribal societies or, *gasp*, extinction.

  • Thomas Jones

    OMG! I just read a book that asks the question:Will technology ever advance to a point where there is no longer a need to believe in God? It’s a satire, but it tackles the versions serious question…… http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Castengera