Thanks for your interesting message.
I think you give us instigating thinks that enter in others fiels as
politics and education.
Empathy, memory, love, intelligence, love, joy, compassion, kindness,
curiosity, creativity, etc.
I think that the solutions for Human Enhancement we can find in public and
free Education with quality.
This is the only way.
Tecnology is useful for facilitate the work of Education.
The question is how to find Machine Enhancement. It's necessary look for
"humaneness" of machines.
Aesthetics at the Metanexus Institute Conference in Tempe, AZ last weekend
("Cosmos, Nature, Culture A Tran disciplinary Conference).
It is our "humaneness" that is worth sustaining. It is our sense of that
we must protect and explore more deeply.
> Quoting Joseph Ingoldsby <email@example.com>:
> In the discussions to this point mention has been made of the cyborg as an
>> extension of human beings, compensating for their weakness, and magnifying
>> their strength- for good or bad. They are used for scientific exploration,
>> industrialization, and for war. They are physically formed with a human
>> face and there has been attempts to imbue them with human attributes to be
>> both servant and master. The machine is an extension of the human being.
>> are also of the earth in a web of interconnected life. Our technology
>> us to destroy life and ourselves. The development of our inner life and
>> consciousness have not kept pace with our technological advancement. Those
>> cultures who lived in cyclical harmony with all organisms have been
>> conquered and marginalized. We are a seriously flawed species, who will
>> destruct in time. Our technology may not be able to save us from
> Thank you for a stimulating post.
> I have mentioned this before, but it does not seem to draw interest or
> response. But I think it might be helpful to look outside the cyborg domain
> for what is occurring in other areas which are taking leaps and bounds in
> the area of human enhancement.
> The field of human enhancement has been the central focus for decades - far
> longer than postmodernism or the brilliant work of Haraway with her cyborg
> theory. This field of human enhancement stems from the works and writings
> of philosophy, cybernetic theory, and the scientific and technological
> advances in nano-bio-info-cogno/neuro. Assessing a future human which stems
> from our unfixed biology and which merges with technology is the fully
> developed perspective is transhumanism. Now I know that many of you do not
> favor transhumanism because of some bad press several years ago ? that you
> associate it with capitalism, consumerism and America, but that is simply
> inaccurate and insufficient reasoning in not investigating what it is and
> how it can be useful in these types of discussions.
> If a human merges with technology for the purposes of augmentation,
> modification and enhancement that human is improving his/her physiological
> condition. This improvement is firstly semi-biological but ultimately a
> technical modification for enhancement. Deeply augmenting the senses,
> modifying the restricted lifespan of 122 maximum and enhancing cognition
> through nanotechnology and artificial general intelligence means that the
> human is evolving beyond what the Homo sapiens sapiens wholly biological
> Once we started changing the genetics and producing offspring outside the
> body, and further extending our cognition beyond the neocortex structure
> within the body, we were approaching something other than biological
> dependency. This technological enhancement is leading toward a species
> transformation. Whether or not one favors or disfavors the term
> "transhuman" it has been the term which characterizes the human?s
> transitional transformations brought about by the merging of biology with
> the sciences and technologies (usually nano-bio-info-cogno/neuro). That
> transformation does not have to have a full stop at the posthuman or leave
> behind the human, as no one truly knows what we will become in the next
> hundred/thousand years.
> And what is human that is worth saving? Empathy? Memory? Love?
> I just gave a talk on Human Enhancement Aesthetics at the Metanexus
> Institute Conference in Tempe, AZ last weekend ("Cosmos, Nature, Culture A
> Tran disciplinary Conference).
> It is our "humaneness" that is worth sustaining. It is our sense of love,
> joy, compassion, kindness, curiosity, creativity, intelligence, etc. that we
> must protect and explore more deeply.
> There is an artist who speaks a poetic visual language of our self
>> immolation. He is Robert ParkeHarrison, who knits together the tattered
>> remains of a destroyed planet. Robert ParkeHarrison becomes the last human
>> alive on a smoldering planet. His work stages futile attempts to mend the
>> earth, reconnect the technologies, to communicate, to restore the damage
>> an earth despoiled. The works are a series of elegies to humankind, to the
>> Industrial land, to the Promised land and Earth Elegies that speak with a
>> poetic voice a shattering scream that echoes against the barren landscape.
>> To be human, to be alone, with the façade of technology stripped away to
>> face an uncertain future. His work embraces the human consciousness as one
>> reconstructs memory after a tragic, cataclysmic event
> Beautiful work. But my question is why do we not envision an aesthetics of
> the future which suggests a future worth living in? This was the crux of my
> talk. Too often the future is perceived through the media of SF literature
> and filmmaking, which are either highly utopian or enormously dystopian.
> Most of the current future aesthetics is dark, dismal and saturated with
> how rotten the world has become. I am a big Buckminster Fuller fan, and I
> have to say that I continue to return time and time again to his particular
> logic. What can we do to bring about a vision for the future which will
> prompt solutions finding.
> I think Bruce Mao did a marvelous job with this in his Massive Change
> project (although it was not about human enhancement). And I think many of
> my colleagues at the Planetary Collegium are producing meaningful projects
> to bring about a glimpse of vision - hope - and experience, be it
> virtuality, immersive design, or theory.
> Anyway, if we want to develop a larger discussion on human enhancement, it
> might be beneficial to get beyond the cyborg symbol and investigate what is
> being done *right now* in art, science, philosophy, technology which are
> specifically located in *the field of human enhancement*.
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