Re: Defining Transhumanism

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 10:56:13 -0700

Mike Lorrey responds to Eliezer S. Yudkowsky:
>I still have a problem with an absolutist statement. I prefer to look at
>'transhumanity' as a state an individual is in relative to the current or past
>population. Since even when suprehuman uploaded or AI intelligences are common,
>there will still be a large number of not only unaugmented, but still relatively
>savage lifestyle living individuals, using the term to apply to the entire race is
>a bit disingenuous.

That's a reasonable point. So I revise my thinking-out-loud definition to:

Transhumanism is the idea that new technologies are likely to change the world so much in the few centuries that we or many of our descendants will in many ways no longer be "human," and that that's probably a not a bad thing.

Robin Hanson RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884 140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614