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Singularity, transhumanism, humanity+: What word should we use to discuss the future?

Zoltan Istvan is back with an interesting question about language and ‘future talk’. Those of us who follow future trends will find no surprises in his opening list, but we’re betting that most people on the Internet would be very surprised by most if not all of these terms. Are they new to you? Then, you’d better add them to your Google News list, because this is where the world is heading. Here’s an excerpt:

Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism.

These are all terms thrown around trying to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may (and I think will) help us to become far more than just human. They are words you hear in a MIT robotics laboratory, or on a launch site of SpaceX, or on Reddit’s Futurology channel.

Read Istvan’s entire article via Singularity, transhumanism, humanity+: What word should we use to discuss the future?.


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