I think were "ok" at predicting the future...it just doesn't happen the way we think it willZontar said:Pie in the sky futurism if you ask me. Sure it can be interesting to look at, but if human history has shown us anything, it's that we are collectively shit at predicting that which will happen next month, let alone in a lifetime from now. Which isn't a big surprise when our minds evolved around day-to-day planing.
Gotta agree right here.Sir Thomas Sean Connery said:I heard an interesting quote on the radio. It was probably from someone famous, but I missed the attribution.
Essentially it was about how poor we are at predicting our future with accuracy. If you took any point in time and presented it to a point in time 50 or 100 years prior, it would largely be unimaginable in one way or another. It would seem like nonsense and wouldn't be anywhere near their reasonable predictions. The meaning of all this is that if you ever hear a "reasonable" prediction of the future, it's almost definitely wrong. The only predictions that have any chance of being true are those that seem like lunacy.
Now granted, we are becoming slightly better at predictions. At the same time, however, most predictions are still useless thanks to the incredible leaps and stagnation both technology and society can experience without warning.
I always assumed it was short for transcendence, like it's supposed to be the exploration of emerging technologies that will help to become something more than human, therefore transcending humanity.Fancy Pants said:Transhumanism is an odd term. I can't for the life of me work out what is trans about it. The humanism I get, but where is the trans?NightmareWarden said:I think that they are overly optimistic on the global rise in health, poverty etc. I'll strongly support anything that acknowledges and supports transhumanism as a significant part of our future.
The better word might be techhuman - the idea is a fusing of technology and biological humanity. The reason why trans was chosen is that there's a risk (or hope, depending on perspective) of humanity "losing itself" or becoming something "beyond humanity", fundamentally separate from nontech humans or "muggles".Sir Thomas Sean Connery said:Transhumanism is an odd term. I can't for the life of me work out what is trans about it. The humanism I get, but where is the trans?