Transhumanism, the idea that humans should use science and technology to extend our natural abilities, is the religion of the 21st century. It’s a concept that has been around since the 70s, but seems to be resonating with a growing number of people. Whether it’s because of the rise of smartphones, the idea of the quantified self, disillusionment with the world, or something else, transhumanist ideas have been gaining traction in the last 10 years with no signs of stopping.
By Adrianne Jeffries|MOTHERBOARD
But as transhumanism gets bigger, the question of what exactly it is and isn’t is becoming more pressing. Is it about immortality? Biohacking? The Singularity? This disagreement caused a schism earlier this year between Zoltan Istvan, who is running a symbolic campaign as a Transhumanist candidate in the US (and also writes a column for Motherboard) and the UK Transhumanist Party leader, M. Amon Twyman.
Last week, Istvan gave a talk in New York. His talk was as wide-ranging as transhumanism itself, spanning life extension, human photosynthesis, and the hand implant that allows him to unlock his car.
The audience ranged from people clueless about the subject to those who had devoted their lives to it. I stuck a recorder in their faces.