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Essays on Transhumanism
on April 17, 2014
For the past several years I started to take notice of the trends discussed in this book, but didn't know there was a "name" for the phenomenon. The authors of this collection of essays have clearly put much thought into transhumanism, which is certainly real. One of the most obvious examples of transhumanism shows up in the news almost every day: Google Glass. Although currently just a gadget, the developers of this product make clear their intentions to transition toward a hard-wired interface between Google Glass (a digital computer) and the brain. There are benefits and potentially very serious drawbacks to our ability to advance science toward such ends. I leave it to the reader to determine what he believes. As for the essays themselves, they seem to start strong, the better essays are at the start of the book, but then slowly degrade to the point where some are boring and unreadable. The book would have been stronger with better editorial control over the writing style and technical detail, with an aim for consistency and quality throughout.