Monday, August 15, 2005

Cyborgs in the news at the Hartford Courant

Group envisions high-tech humans - 08/14/05:
William Weir reports briefly on comments by James Hughes, executive directory of the World Transhumanist Association:
"HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sitting in his office at Trinity College, James Hughes explains his vision of a family gathering a couple of hundred years from now: One family member is a cyborg, another is outfitted with gills for living underwater. Yet another has been modified to live in a vacuum.

'But they will all consider themselves as descendants of humanity,' he said."

Weir notes that political scientist Francis Fukuyama, "recently nominated transhumanism as the 'world's most dangerous idea' in Foreign Policy magazine. His fear is that enhanced versions of the human being will threaten the sense of equality that societies have been working toward for centuries."


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