FT On Transhumanism

The Financial Times follows the party line for mainstream media articles on transhumanism and transhumanist enthusiasm for the technologies of healthy life extension. The article presents a short list of amazing achievements and improvements to the human condition that technology - and medical technology in particular - has already accomplished, followed by another list of amazing advances yet to come ... and then dives off the cliff into why this is all a terrible, terrible thing and will never work to boot. I note numerous references to the uniform mortality rate amongst past advocates of radical life extension - but looking at the past is a very bad way to predict the future, that much is certain. A final question: what is worse, forcing billions of people to suffer and die, or making a few hundred self-righteous bioethicists uncomfortable?

Link: http://news.ft.com/cms/s/c7eb8502-cda3-11d9-9a8a-00000e2511c8.html

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