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Transhumanism: Do We Really Want Extreme Human Enhancement? [Headlines]

Slate presents a conversation on transhumanism, the idea that human beings can enhance themselves using technology.

Amelia Riley Swan
  • 13 september 2011

This conversation is part of a Future Tense, a partnership between Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State. On Thursday, Sept. 15, Future Tense will be hosting an event in Washington, D.C., on the boundaries between humans and machines. RSVP here to join us for “Is Our Techno-Human Marriage in Need of Counseling?”

Gentleman, start your exobrains.

Nick, Brad, thank you for joining me in this discussion about the future of human beings. On Sept. 15, Future Tense is hosting an event on the “Techno-Human Condition” in Washington, D.C. As such, it seems appropriate to spend the next few days discussing the convergence of human beings and technology. Brad, you and Daniel Sarewtiz address the associated ethical and moral dilemmas your book The Techno-Human Condition; Nick, the title of your most recent book, Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, would seem to sum up your perspective pretty neatly. But then again, your previous book, Liberal Eugenics: In Defense of Human Enhancementsuggest your view might not be so clear cut.

With our introductions out of the way, let’s talk transhumanism. Slate

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