Re: Media - UK: How to build a human

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 06:06:53 MST

On Fri, Jan 11, 2002 at 12:21:39PM +0000, estropico > wrote:
> The trailer looks promising: kids in a playground... camera zooms in... you
> notice the gen-engineered pupils and the suckers on the palm of their hands
> for better grip (?!) The voiceover mentions the extension of human lifespan
> and the face of an old lady is seen being rejuvenated...
> The overall feel of the trailer is almost extropian... While it is limited
> to the potential impact of genetics on the human condition (no mention of
> nanotech) it could be interesting... we'll see if it delivers!

I have not seen the trailer, but just a question: do you think the
ordinary viewer of the trailerwould be thrilled by the possibilities, or
disgusted by it?

The reason I ask is that I have noticed that quite a few of us
transhumanists see anything mentioning our themes as good and positive,
even when most viewers react negatively. I simply love the
biology-surrealism of Achille Ghidoni
(, especially "Evolution 2:
Biological Landscape", but when I proposed it as a book cover the
publisher thought it was too yucky and alien - it really made me think.
We might actually be missing a lot of negative subtext simply by being
so happy about seeing "our" ideas expressed.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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