Harvey » Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:49 am wrote:
The lacking piece is meaning
. In my view the transhumanist agenda was never intended to arrive at technological transcendence, that is, to make people out of machines but was always intended to achieve precisely the opposite - to make machines out of people
The unconscious desire of transhumanism is to make order where order already exists.
I think it's more to make a different order, because the current order is pretty fucking shit if you think about it. You're born, you live for a few decades, probably with a big helping of suffering along the way, then you watch your loved ones die, or you beat them to it and they get to watch you die, and then it's over. You no longer exist and never will again, and the universe doesn't give a flying fuck. The end.
Most of it is just a different type of religion, with the small caveat that some of the things they preach might one day actually be possible. Some of those things I'm all in favor of (like fighting aging or expanding our abilities), but a lot of what they say is just delusional horseshit, like Kurzweil wanting to simulate his dead father, or AI gods magically curing all ills and ushering in utopia (although that's singularitarianism, not transhumanism, but they're pretty interchangeable).
To me at least it's infuriating that consciousness can exist in our reality at all, only to be snuffed out after a short while. The best you can hope for is some good times along the way and then it's bye-bye, off to oblivion. In that sense transhumanism is the one religion with at least a tiny shred of hope of fixing that. Probably not gonna happen, but it's at least conceivable. It's something you can actively work on and see tangible improvements, unlike all the traditional religions, which have been preaching the same thing for millennia with fuck-all to show for themselves.
I think that's what attracts a lot of the Silicon Valley crowd. It's a religion where you don't have to take things on faith, you can actually spend your billions on making the tenets of your faith more likely to come true. I don't think that's a good thing, because most tech-bros are insufferable assholes, but I do subscribe to the idea of the slow singularity. Not abrupt, revolutionary change with boot-strapping AIs, but more gradual changes that add up to revolutionary change at a pace we can cope with, or in other words, plain old progress.
We're already in the early stages, with the entire world becoming connected within a decade. Next up the entire world will merge with the artificial through augmented reality, and then that merging will over time become greater and greater until the two are indistinguishable. Along the way more and more of our ills will become possible to cure, and our lifespan will likely expand with it. The end result will hopefully be a reality where the inhabitants are happy and live good lives, but I doubt it will seem like a happy, good life from our perspective, but that's irrelevant, because we're not the ones living there.
"I only read American. I want my fantasy pure." - Dave