Documenting the Coming Singularity

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kurzweil on the Ethics of Human Enhancement

I'm often bemused at the resistance some seem to have with the promise of human enhancement via technology. We are already enhancing our abilities, overcoming our frailties and extending our healthspans. What's a pair of glasses but a technological means of enhancing ourselves? So what are people so bent out of shape about?

Part of the resistance to the idea comes from religion, to be sure. Religious leaders are afraid that enhanced human beings won't need them so much anymore and that their coffers will run dry. They're right.

Anyway, in my travels around the datawebs I came across this thoughtful treatment of the issue at Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Check it out here.

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