Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies






The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.


Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




whats new at ieet

America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it

Living Machines 2015

Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?

Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, & Middle School Have in Common


ieet books

Envisioning Politics 2.0
Author
David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.


comments

rms on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 28, 2015)

hankpellissier on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 28, 2015)

dobermanmac on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 28, 2015)

David Brin on 'Altruistic Horizons: Our tribal natures, the 'fear effect' and the end of ideologies' (Jul 28, 2015)

hankpellissier on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 27, 2015)

Radivis on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 27, 2015)

Armand on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 27, 2015)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


If We Can Achieve Gay Marriage and Legal Pot, We Can Fix Climate Change Too
Jul 18, 2015
(24404) Hits
(1) Comments

Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
Jul 8, 2015
(8882) Hits
(12) Comments

Robosapiens – merging with machines will improve humanity at an exponential rate
Jul 7, 2015
(8186) Hits
(1) Comments

Transhumanism – The Final Religion?
Jul 16, 2015
(8018) Hits
(5) Comments



IEET > Rights > FreeThought > Personhood > Life > Access > Enablement > Innovation > Health > Vision > CyborgBuddha > Technoprogressivism > Staff > J. Hughes

Print Email permalink (1) Comments (4020) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


Interview with James Hughes



James Hughes

Adam Ford

Posted: Jan 23, 2013


Australian transhumanist Adam Ford interviewed IEET Executive Director James J. Hughes at the December 1-2, 2012 Humanity+ meetings in San Francisco, at which Dr. Hughes and many other IEET fellows spoke.


Listen/View


Print Email permalink (1) Comments (4021) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


COMMENTS


I think the "right to enhance" is a right that's hard to deny, but I find the idea of replacing humanity with something that is easier to care for and manage repugnant. It's something like replacing natural grass with astroturf and calling it grass+. Also, what if the enhancements available today are absurd compared to those available 100 or 1000 years form now? Why go about replacing the entire human phenomena with something artificial as soon as it seems possible?

I propose that children should be protected from enhancement similar to how we protect them now from things like sex, driving and alcohol. Perhaps, at some age of consent, 18 for instance, they could elect for their own enhancement with fully informed consent. Necessary medical interventions or approved preventive measures, such as embryo selection from natural parent's germ lines, may still be allowable with proper oversite.

Another advantage to this approach is that it makes caring for the human phenomena more of a fixed target that our social welfare systems can converge on. Perhaps, someday we'll be able to care for the needs of all natural humans. Individuals who choose to enhance could be required to take personal responsibility for any additional costs and complications they introduce into their own lives.

Preserving the somewhat mysterious qualities of the human phenomena and caring for "natural humans" with sincerity may be key to keeping us sane and ethical.



YOUR COMMENT (IEET's comment policy)

Login or Register to post a comment.

Next entry: It Could Be A War Crime To Use Biologically Enhanced Soldiers

Previous entry: Marriage Equality for Corporate Persons Now!

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-297-2376