What is the end result, or the ultimate goal of biohacking, nootropics, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers, and other such neuroscience related advancements? Many think it is finally achieving post humanism. What though is post humanism, and what are its implications?
In a paper titled 'Data Made Flesh' by professor Eugene Thacker, he explains it as a body of research which, by making use of advanced techniques that include neural computing and nanotechnology, will enhance and advance the human race as we know it. The humans that operate on this higher plane are called the post humans. It is not based on any philosophical thinking, rather, post humanism is a school of thought that stems from technological advancement. Moving past the human condition as it is and breaking free from the barriers that hold us back as a race, as a species.
Where Does The Controversy Come From?
One of the ways in which post humanism aims to break free from the human condition is by literally moving out of the shackles of the mortal vessel that is the human body. It is soft, fragile, and more importantly, easily destroy-able. With the destruction of the human body, the soul, or consciousness of that person is lost permanently. While this is often regarded as a good thing, post humanism aims to enable the upload of human consciousness to a more stable, in this case immortal shell aided by technology. Many examples of this can be seen in popular culture from Frankenstein to Robocop.
How is This Achievable?
As far as biohacking goes, this could be the ultimate hack. Imagine a system of nano particles that can be infused into the system which will take over the cell reproduction and rebuilding function of the body. In the human body, it deteriorates over time and eventually gives up. What if these nano particles are able to keep this cell reproduction going at a steady rate, rebuilding the body cell by cell, molecule by molecule? While it seems fantastical, think about how over time the entire body of a given person would be completely made of bio-mechanical nano particles.
Would that person really be a human any more at that point? That is the crux of the debate. While most mechanical enhancements aid the working of the body, post humanism deals with the next level of human evolution as such, and this one deals with something that we bring on ourselves in the form of technology.
What do you think about this concept? Is it a good deal, or is it taking biohacking too far?