How to Evaluate Our Posthuman Prospects

  This essay, The Disconnection Thesis, is my most systematic presentation of the principles of speculative posthumanism to date. It’s also the only one which engages in some detail with the work of contemporary bioethicists like Nicolas Agar, Nick Bostrom and Allen Buchanan. Although the Borg get a mention, Locutus (pictured) does not – which […]

Transforming the Human, Dublin City University 21-23 Oct

  Just had time to peruse the programme for the Transforming The Human Conference, Dublin City University Oct 21-3. It has less mainstream analytic bioethics than I expected and more stuff on the ‘metaphysics’ of transhumanism and posthumanism. I think this emphasis is correct. We can’t take folk notions of personhood, embodiment or mind for […]

Posthumanism and Flat Ontology

Here’s the pre-publication version of an essay in the Springer Frontiers Collection which uses flat ontology to consider the nature and evaluation of posthuman lives. The_Disconnection_Thesis_ABS The Disconnection Thesis Forthcoming in The Singularity Hypothesis: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment, Amnon Eden, Johnny Søraker, Jim Moor, and Eric Steinhart (eds.), Springer Frontiers Collection. In this essay […]

Stop Dave, I'm Afraid.

  Here’s a link to an intriguing blog post and paper by Professor of Law at the Brookings Institute, James Boyle on the implications for prospective developments in AI and biotechnology for our legal conceptions of personhood. The paper opens by considering the challenges posed by prospects of Turing-capable artificial intelligences and genetic chimera.

Stop Dave, I’m Afraid.

  Here’s a link to an intriguing blog post and paper by Professor of Law at the Brookings Institute, James Boyle on the implications for prospective developments in AI and biotechnology for our legal conceptions of personhood. The paper opens by considering the challenges posed by prospects of Turing-capable artificial intelligences and genetic chimera.

Human Enhancement and Wide Human Descent

Elsewhere I have summarized the position known as “speculative posthumanism” (SP): Speculative posthumanists claim that descendants of current humans could cease to be human by virtue of a history of technical alteration (Roden 2010). The SP schema defines the posthuman in terms of a process of technical alteration rather than more common terms such as […]