Is The Future Transhuman?

The Bridge: In a world where your kids can easily warp themselves into virtual reality, tech is taking center stage. It started with VR (virtual reality) headsets and AR (alternate reality) cameras, but there’s a concerted effort to take things even further.

A New Kind of Introvert

Buckle up – we’re heading into the Metaverse. The good news is that if you don’t like it there, you can unplug.

But there are some that don’t ever want to unplug – even those who are permanently enhancing themselves to elevate beyond our earthly realm.

It’s called transhumanism, and it’s something that’s happening in the real world. Transhumanists want to transcend their earthly experience – sometimes through the use of technology, and sometimes through much more permanent means.

Tech like neuralink is under the spotlight for the future of creating human/robot hybrids – and for those squeamish about getting a brain implant, you can simply put on a headset to transport yourself into a whole new world.

Ever seen a baby holding an iPad? You’re watching the first steps happening in real time.

The Bad News

It’s not all roses – there are already reports of robots injuring humans, and not everyone is siding with the humans. There have been mixed reviews on the direction automation is taking; some folks don’t want to lose out on human interaction, even as it becomes more “convenient” to use self-checkouts and robo tech support.

In a future ripe with possibilities (and dangers?) there’s sort of a good-news, bad-news situation. The technology will be stunning, far beyond anything dreamed up in the sci fi of today. But it could come at a cost – isolation, ostracism, and losing out on real-world experiences. As we navigate this new world together, it would be useful to adopt an attitude of careful attention to the effects these changes are making on the upcoming generations. We’re all in it together, after all – human or transhuman, we all come from the same place!

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