“Transhumanism literally means ‘beyond human.’ It’s using science and technology to radically change and improve the human species and experience.”
– Zoltan Istvan
Unfortunately, history has shown us the repercussions of change when human ignorance interferes with the positive promise of progress.
The following is an emotionally moving live-action depiction, from Eidos Montreal’s upcoming cyberpunk epic, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, of an alternative universe in 2029 where humanity is faced with the dawn of Mechanical Apartheid in light of the Transhumanism movement and the Technological Revolution.
As evident in the following ad, the team has done an astounding and inspiring job with their 4th wall-breaking marketing campaign for the game:
Let’s theorize a hypothetical, but probable circumstance: Suppose there is a family, one among several, that has chosen not to augment themselves in any way. This doesn’t mean they’re not using the latest technology in their daily lives, but simply living without any bio-technological enhancements.
Their son Johnny starts his first day of High School (given that High School still exists in this aforementioned future, unless children are mostly augmented prodigies and are admitted directly into a university after elementary school) and is interested in activities, such as sports, dating, clubs, etc. However, upon expressing interest in these endeavors, he begins to realize that his peers are advanced and able to out-perform him in just about anything.
Although feeling intimidated, he decides to continue pursuing these interests. Consequently, he does not meet the requirements or standard that is expected from an advanced student body, so he is rejected from each pursuit. Feeling frustrated, he confronts his family about his experiences, expressing how he feels out of place, and asks why they chose to remain ‘pure’.
If a Transhumanist society did not exclude anyone from participating, and flourishing, in this paradigm shift, what rational reasons would people have to justify their decision to remain pure?
Their apprehension may be a result of fear, insecurity, uncertainty, or simply a lack of trust and faith in government and corporations that value profit and power over progress and people.
Would this potentially cultivate social segregation, hierarchy, hostility, and distress, among the human race?
If the latter is true, then we may be paving the way for a Deus Ex future after all.
To ensure a smoother transition and diminish the effects of future shock among our civilization, it’s important for us to understand what it truly means to be human, which resides at the core of our being beyond anything aesthetic, as well as the connection between the universe, nature, and technology – to embrace who, or whatever, we become because it will be none other than the actualization and optimization of who we have always truly been.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to launch on August 23rd, 2016.
If you’d like to learn more about the Transhumanist movement, cyborgism, etc., be sure to check out the written works of Ray Kurzweil, the main webpage for Zoltan Istvan as he runs for President under the Transhumanist Party, and the newly established cyborg organization Cyborg Nest.