The only way for us to survive is to evolve. Transhumanism - a movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve the mental and physical characteristics and capacities of humans - is the way forward, writes Natasha Vita-More.
Transhumanism is a misunderstood philosophical worldview. Nevertheless, global media and televised documentaries have embraced transhumanism for two decades as a pivotal source of knowledge in understanding the effects of accelerating technologies, ethical issues of humanity’s future, and the state-of-the-art of human evolution. Transhumanism suggests that biology is not the Homo sapiens’ final stage or means of evolution.
As a brief background, Dante Alighieri in Divina Commedia used the term “transumanar” as meaning to “go outside the human condition and perception”. More currently, the playwright T.S. Eliot, in the dark comedy The Cocktail Party, used the term “transhumanised” to refer to as a process beyond an isolated human condition.
Outside literary arts and a few years after Eliot, scientist Julian Huxley used the term “transhumanism” to describe a means by which humans must establish a better environment for themselves.