TransVision 2010 Presentation by Valerija Pride
Noosphere Posthuman – A hypothetical concept and technological preconditions for its implementation
N. Bostrom considered the space of possible forms of living creatures selecting among them animals, humans, transhumans and posthumans. Just as animals and humans has long been classiﬁed by numerous parameters into various types so can the hypothetical phenomena “transhuman” and “posthuman”.
There are already some versions of transhumans in the popular imagination: cyborgs, genetically modiﬁed humans, uploaded minds, persons augmented with nanotechnology, and others. Good descriptions and even visualizations of various types of transhumans were produced by the authors of a role-playing game “Eclipse phase”.
Posthuman is deﬁned as someone “whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards”. Currently we foresee, for example, the following varieties of posthumans:
- AI that can be based on different architectures
- Uploaded human brain, modiﬁed and accelerated
- AI based on enhanced human intelligence
- Noospheric (planetary) posthuman
- Hybrid (composed from above types)
- Something not imagined by me
This report discusses the concept of one type of posthuman – noosphere (planetary) posthuman (NPH).
I want to say that the NPH is fundamentally different from such entities as the society (in all its variations) or “intelligent anthills” by the presence of a single consciousness and identity. From other types of posthumans it differs mostly in the history of its creation (a factor, which may possibly deﬁne the type and the essence of posthumans).
Noosphere (or planetary) posthuman is an intelligent system composed of a number of people and/or transhumans somehow integrated into a single creature with self-consciousness, self-identiﬁcation, memory, desires, will and other properties usually attributed to a human person – admitting the fact that by the time posthumans emerge, the meaning of all these concepts will be expanded.
We can envision different types of NPH. As already mentioned, its essence will in the strongest way depend on the history of its creation, on the basic ideas that underpin its design. It may be a voluntary union under certain “rules”, where the supersystem is useful for its elements. It may also be experienced as a “terrorist”, dictatorial structure where the most inhumane methods may be used for exploitation of subsystem-humans by supersystem-posthuman.
|Valerija Pride is a Transhumanist and President of KrioRus, the first cryonics company outside of the United States, whose recent scientific work includes work on the very promising Human Aging System Diagram project.|
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