The Metaphysics of Transhumanism

In Karolina Hübner (ed.), Human: A History. Oxford University Press. pp. 381-403 (2022)
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Abstract

Transhumanists want to free us from the constraints imposed by our humanity by means of “uploading”: extracting information from the brain, transferring it to a computer, and using it to create a purely electronic person there. That is supposed to move us from our human bodies to computers. This presupposes that a human being could literally move to a computer by a mere transfer of information. The chapter questions this assumption, then asks whether the procedure might be just as good, as far as our interests go, even if it could not move us to a computer.

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Eric T. Olson
University of Sheffield

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