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Link: http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/the-future-is-android/index.html

This is an incredible article by The Telegraph. The transhumanist and bio-hacking movements are certainly strange and their implications are often frightening, but it is still all extremely fascinating. 

From an evolutionary perspective, this is the beginnings of mankind merging itself with its own creations in new ways. This is a realm that science fiction has often explored to dystopian ends, but can there really be a new future like the one Ray Kurzweil imagines? One where humans can live forever by merging with machine? This sounds like stuff out of comic books, and maybe even more so, Biblical prophecy. 

• Neil Harbisson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harbisson
• Ray Kurzweil: http://www.kurzweilai.net/
• Rich Lee: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-transhumanist-philosopher/201407/interview-transhumanist-biohacker-rich-lee
• Neurogaming: http://www.latimes.com/business/great-reads/la-fi-c1-neurogaming-20140731-story.html#page=1
• Chad Bouton: http://www.battelle.org/media/press-releases/chad-bouton-is-battelle’s-inventor-of-the-year
• Cyborg Foundation: http://eyeborg.wix.com/cyborg

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Technophilia: A Transhumanist Zine

Call For Submissions!

Transhumanism (H+) is an intellectual movement aiming to transform the human condition by utilizing technology to greatly enhance intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

What does this mean in the context of humanity’s future?

Is transhumanism “gentrification of the human body”? What type of enhancements will be available or mandated to the disabled and disenfranchised? What does this mean for the definition of gender, sexuality, or queerness? What repercussions will this have on mental health? What ways might new advancements serve to enforce, or deconstruct, power? How will this adversely or positively affect social norms and the politically oppressed? What will be the environmental impact or economic effects?

There are no limits regarding subject matter or tone (serious/parody/etc.); as long as it can be tied to the idea of transhumanism or futurism.

Think radical and creative! We’re looking for diverse views; beyond typical anarcho-capitalist techno-libertarianism transhumanism.

Submissions accepted in the form of poetry, short story, comic, & images (illustration/collage/painting/etc.)

Submissions close August 1st>>>Digital release date is September 1st

(With made-to-order printed copies to be available September 1st. Accepted creators will receive a free contributor copy, additional copies discounted, and bulk discounts too!)

Submissions curated by Brainvomit (Brainvomitcomix.co) & Modempunk (Zacfinger.com)

Questions? theepitomeofawesome@gmail.com

Technophilia Issue 1: Released March 1st, 2016

some Transhumanist inspiration can be found here and here

The Deus Ex Human Revolution/Mankind Divided Society and Augmentation

I’m seeing a lot of people who didn’t play Deus Ex Human Revolution being stupid about the game following a piece of Mankind Divided’s concept art using “Aug Lives Matter”, so I’m going to explain some aspects of the game’s world.

People who have lost limbs can get them replaced with cybernetic prosthesis, this is called augmentation. The augmentated limb is in many cases stronger than a regular human limb.

However, the augmented person needs to take a drug called Neuropozyne to avoid rejection, which is not very different from transplant rejection of translanted organs in real life.

Augmented limbs, their maintance and neuropozyne are incredibly expensive, so you’d assume only rich people get augments right? Wrong, people lose limbs all the time due to, among other things, work related accidents, and I shouldn’t have to tell you that the working class isn’t exactly full of money, but if you want to keep your job you have to get an augmentation.

So you have a society where people can either quit working and leave off government benefits (which isn’t much and assuming they can even get those) or go into poverty paying for their expensive robot arm.

And some times the company you work for will pay for the augmentation, isn’t that nice? No, actually, because now the company literally owns parts of your body and you have no choice but working for them.

And of course, there are cases in which companies will hire augmented people over normal ones because of the superiority of augmented limbs. So now you have a scenario where working class non-augmented people will hate augmented people for taking their jobs, and even situations where people will get augmentations to get a better chance at employment.

In Human Revolution there was even a case of sex workers being forced to get augmentation by their pimps because clients were paying more for augmented prostitutes.

And employment issues aside you still have situations where people lost their limbs due to car accidents, degenerative diseases, soldiers who got hurt in the line of duty, etc… And these people will want augments as well, and they can range from the richest people in the world to the poorest.

Now combine all these social aspects with the fact that in a point in Human Revolution a character basically hacks into every augmented people in the world, making them attack everyone and everything in their sight.

And then you have philosophical questions how much you can replace in a person until they aren’t human anymore. (see: Theseus’ paradox)

So imagine a society where all of this is going on, in this context. Augmentation isn’t always a choice, it isn’t only for the rich, it isn’t cheap, it creates gaps in society.

You can not like the use of “Aug lives matter”, but don’t come and say it doesn’t fit.

The 2045 Initiative is working towards a future when humanity evolves from organic (now) to human consciousness in synthetic avatars (2025-35) and ultimately (2045), a hologram-like avatar known as Neo-Humanity.

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Technophilia: A Transhumanist Zine

Call For Submissions!

Transhumanism (H+) is an intellectual movement aiming to transform the human condition by utilizing technology to greatly enhance intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

What does this mean in the context of humanity’s future? What type of enhancements will be available to the disabled or disenfranchised? What does this mean for the definition of gender or queerness? What repercussions will this have on mental health? What ways might new advancements serve to enforce, or deconstruct, power? How will this adversely or positively affect social norms? What will be the environmental impact or economic effects?

There are no limits regarding subject matter or tone (serious/parody/etc.); as long as it can be tied to the idea of transhumanism or futurism.

Think radical, reactionary, creative!

Submissions accepted in the form of poetry, short story, comic, & images (illustration/collage/painting/etc.)

Submissions close February 1st>>>Digital release date is March 1st

(With made-to-order printed copies to be available March 1st. Accepted creators will receive a free contributor copy, additional copies discounted, and bulk discounts too!)

Requirements

-Must be zine-sized (4.25″X5.5″)

-B&W, color, or a mix accepted

-No word limit (but a 2pg spread for writing and a 5pg comic is the maximum aim unless there’s an exception made–email for further discussion)

-Multiple submissions welcome

-Email submissions as PDFs; include a short (2-3 sentence) summary, brief description of materials used (ink/watercolor/ect.), your preferred name, and your tumblr handle (or other internet link to your work)

Submissions curated by Brainvomit (Brainvomitcomix.co) & Modempunk (Zacfinger.com)

Questions? theepitomeofawesome@gmail.com

(Also some Transhumanist inspiration can be found here and here)

How will society react to babies grown in a Matrix like “amniotic fluid-filled aquarium”?

By Zoltan Istvan -

Of all the transhumanist technologies coming in the near future, one stands out that both fascinates and perplexes people. It’s called ectogenesis: raising a fetus outside the human body in an artificial womb.

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“Death is bad,” and “Living forever would be awesome,” are catchy but they don’t sum up the position I (and I assume other anti-deathists) hold. The anti-deathist position isn’t widespread enough that we can go for inaccurate, but catchy messages although catchy helps spread the message.

The problem is that “Death is bad,” and “Living forever would be awesome,” are easily argued against and if people argue away those positions they never get around of hearing the actual messages: “Unconsentual death is bad,” and “People should be able to live as long as they want,” which are a lot harder to just push aside with one argument after 30 seconds of thought.

By @nubiamancy
“Future Of Human Aging”, illustrated by Julie Dillon.

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Transhumanists tend to talk about how technology will create additional abilities for humans, but what I really want to hear about is how technology will become invaluable to disabled folks and the disenfranchised.

Autistic people sensitive to sound with cochlear implants where they can control sound dampening in different environments. People with muscular dystrophy equipped with exoskeletons. People with PTSD creating customized augmented reality overlays which warn them of possible triggers. People with low incomes 3D printing tools and technology on the cheap….

That’s what I want popularized in the future. Not businessmen being marketed to for wearable computers.