The "human meaning" meme

Brian Atkins (
Tue, 05 Jan 1999 21:17:54 -0500

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Neurotech is going to be the controversial thing. What does "human"
> mean when you can alter it? Not just enhance memory or change sexual
> preferences, but add *new* structures to the brain like the ability to
> do something like episodic memory for muscle movements? Lots of issues
> here, and biotech will contribute with problems.

Who cares what "human" means? Why does that keep getting asked (as a reason not to do it) when people start talking about becoming transhuman? Too many Star Trek memes?

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                                                       -William Gibson
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