The Business of Transhumanism

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 21:25:24 MDT

Waldemar Ingdahl wrote:
> ... And that's an interesting problem. Why aren't we baught by "The New
> Economy"? Why don't the industry that we protect invest in us? I think that
> is because transhumanism has utterly failed to show a professional face to
> the industry. You don't invest in geeks, geeks cannot defend you.

Not everyone in the industry shares our views. But, you're right, it is
an interesting problem. What kind of business models could one create
to turn our particular dreams into reality? I know of a few myself (for
instance, there's a professor who came up with a business plan to
bootstrap lunar industry into existence; too bad he's content to just
use it to teach a course, rather than trying to get funding and turn it
into reality), as well as numerous non-profit prize foundations (prizes
for nano, the X Prize, et cetera).

In particular, I wonder if one could come up with a single buisiness
that profitably covered all aspects of transhumanism? It'd be easy
enough to focus on, say, just access to space, or just nanoassemblers,
or just human augmentation (though I haven't heard of too many doing
that last one), but could one do them all and still turn the profit it
would need to survive?

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