Transhumanism is a philosophy that “advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.”
Obviously, this has profound implications for the human condition: ethical, moral, religious, economic, political, environmental. So, where does Transhumanism take us? Optimists might believe that it will lead to a golden age of human achievement, prosperity, fulfillment and enjoyment. Pessimists might believe that, at best, we will lose our humanity and our freedoms to our AI overlord.
I choose to be neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but a pragmatist. I want to prepare myself and my young daughter for what’s to come so that we may successfully navigate, understand, and benefit from this future.
Perhaps the best thing we can do to prepare our kids and grandkids for transhumanist lives is to actively teach them how to apply unchanging core human values to every new situation they face. Ageless values like respect and compassion will remain important (and may become more important). But less traditional values may gain importance.
Now is the time to think about it. Now is the time to make it a conscious part of our parenting strategy.