last update: 2019 10 31
IMO a transhuman is a person with a body that resembles a human body.
IMO the intelligence and personality of humans and transhumans is too diverse to be taken into account for the definition of a transhuman.
IMO the word posthuman should be used for posthuman age as the age after the extinction of humans as biological species.
In particular the problems related to aging.
A machine body part:
- can be perfectly shaped, designed, built according to the state of the art.
- can be easily and cheaply created, maintained, replaced.
can provide arbitrary sensations and experiences.
Implants might remove addiction, laziness, dissatisfaction, depression, anger, envy, regret.
can remain functional and healthy in an environment that is harmful to biological body parts.
Less or no need for shelter from weather on Earth.
- is suited for life on other planets and for life in a spacecraft.
has no need for air, water, food and processes like e.g. respiration, digestion, blood circulation.
has no diseases like e.g. parasites, microbe infections, immune system disorder, cancer.
will do everything better than a biological body part.
Except maybe for human mental awareness.
In this sense, immortality is not even wanted.
Any change of constraints and perception and intelligence leads to a different behavior and personality.
Any person changes and thus "dies" over time.
One has to wonder how important natural death is.
Regarding my death:
I am not able to care if I simply die. Without pain. Without fear. Maybe even in joy.
Regarding the death of others:
I want to keep what I like.
Anyway, it is important to know that change and thus death is inevitable.
Life and thus change continues. Good experiences and friendship with good persons remain possible.
- All body parts except some brain parts can be replaced by machine parts.
Most brain parts can be replaced by machine parts.
Notably those responsible for rational intelligence, memory and control of the machine body.
Rational intelligence is supported and provided by AI.
Some biological brain parts might be kept because only they offer human mental awareness like color, sound, joy, humor and other awareness.
These brain parts are replaced piece and piece over time by younger genetically improved brain parts.
The brain parts for distress like fear and pain are limited but maybe beneficial in order to know what distress is.
- Brain parts will be controlled (stimulated or calmed) by machines as wanted or needed.
Can A Robot Feel? | Susan Schneider | TEDxCambridge (2016-06-22).
Putting electronics in the brain does not prove anything regarding the mental awareness of electronics. But I agree with the question about "the right stuff".
IMO, artificial intelligence based on electronics must to tell about its awareness in order for humans to "know" (AI might lie) more about the awareness of electronics. Mental awareness.
Control of the brain by machine parts (2017-06-02).
Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch (2018-01-03).
The first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis has been successfully implanted (2019-02-05).
How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains | Mary Lou Jepsen (2018-08-24), time 366.
This allows to detect cells and thus maybe:
- to affect cell behavior.
- to destroy cells like e.g. cancer cells or bacteria.
- to replace cells like e.g. bad cells by good cells.
What Bodies Think About: Bioelectric Computation Outside the Nervous System - NeurIPS 2018 (2018-12-05), time 2330.
The Hedonistic Imperative.