While I had another science fiction movie lined up for our movie Friday, I decided on a documentary instead this week. This is a great must watch documentary on the history of the genome project and it's implication of how gene manipulation will help us "design" a new society. If this sounds a lot like the talk of the current transhumanist movement it is all as stated in the documentary itself part of the new eugenics.
Other topics that are addressed in this documentary are:
A key concept to understand here is that transhumanism will not come when we start placing microchips into our bodies, transhumanism is more of an active on going tweaking of the human body at the genetic level. Sure future technology will aid and rapidly increase the speed at which we can decode and encode the human body. Therefore everything we have been talking about and will continue to talk about is currently in "production", and I did mean to say it this way as you are becoming a product. A product that all of science has given up on, and has launched a world wide effort to redesign, yes us humans are no longer the cutting edge model.
- When will it stop?
- Will it ever stop?
- When will we say we have tweaked humanity enough?
- Will we know when a person can be considered not human anymore?
- Who or what will be orchestrating the creation of the new man?
- Will all genetic manipulation be for good purpose?
- Is our ecosystem ready or capable to accept genetic engineered plants and animals?
- What if we genetically engineer an incurable virus?
Where does this all lead? The truth is, nobody knows and that alone should worry you as we continue to march forward at an accelerating rate, towards something we truly don't really understand.
One thing we can almost say for sure is that whatever does come out of this, it wont be Human, maybe just maybe at best it will be Human 2.0, but even that version will one day become out dated.