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Digital Wonderland: AI, Transhumanism and Faux Telekinesis

If you watch the sci-tech news regularly, you will have seen that most media outlets are heavily promoting the concept of telekinesis through augmented transhumanist devices and digital applications.

These, along with other related advanced technologies are being boosted by billionaires like Elon Musk, who is currently promoting “neuralink” brain-computer interface implants.

The slippery slope towards transhumanism is already obvious, as disabled persons being beta tested are already advocating for voluntary implants. “Honestly, I would have wanted one before my injury,” says paraplegic Nathan Copeland, an early adopter of the ‘Utah Array‘ brain implant.

Industry moguls are pushing the disabled angle for their public-facing campaigns, but there is little of no real debate over a much wider range of applications outside of this sphere.

The jump to telekinesis can be seen as a type of gimmick – where biofeedback sensors pick up muscle and neural reactions feeding data into AI software mimicking your brain’s ‘will to power’ in order to move digital objects, or robotic enhancements. NPR writes: “You know the Force that binds all things? The Force that can let your mind move objects? Our latest Future You episode demonstrates a brain-machine interface that reads your intentions so you can control digital — and physical — tech. The ambitious goal is to fundamentally change the way we operate our electronics: no longer with touch or voice, but with our thoughts.”

Regardless of how it’s being marketed, it’s clear that the fusion of advanced robotic systems and AI is being blended to pave the way for a new generation of transhumanist products that have both commercial and military applications – with few questioning what the potential ramifications might be for society going forward.

Watch NPR’s jovial segment here:

Critics have described transhumanism as a type of elitist cult. Still, the transhumanist movement is growing fast and is attracting more and more support and finance. In recent years, the term transhumanism has even been rebranded to Humanity+ as a cooperative organization wanting to bring together a global network of leaders in the various fields of transhumanism. Their mission is as follows: to develop “[t]echnologies that intervene with human physiology for curing disease and repairing injury have accelerated to a point in which they also can increase human performance outside the realms of what is considered to be ‘normal’ for humans.”

The ethical and philosophical challenges posed by these type of technologies are many, and it’s important to point out that many critics of transhumanism are not against all technology, but are simply questioning the ethics of supposed ‘innovations’ which claim to be serving humanity, but may also be undermining human rights.

Q: Are we really for this corporate and ideologically-driven brave new world?

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