For me Accelerando by Charles Stross captures what being post human will be. Essentially your mind existing in a virtual space able to take human (or any other) form if you wish. Being post human is all about being freed from the shackles of the physical bodies we are currently tied to.

By Jabbah on Feb 22, 2013 at 8:38am

I think the central question is flawed, in the same sense that the statement “Man came from apes” is flawed.  Evolution happens to a species, not to the individuals of the species.  Or, put another way, each individual is merely a repository of the traits of the past that are held in trust to be given (with minor but significant modifications) to the future.  As such, the term “post-human” would have to refer to anything and everything that follows from our species and that is recognizably “non-human.”  Without constraining the question to a particular time, the question is like our common ape ancestor asking “What is a post-ape?”  Well, looking back on the picture, we can answer: homo hablis…homo ergaster…homo erectus…homo sapiens.

If I understand the grandest of transhumanist visions, we should understand that at any given point in time, post-human is anything between our species at present, and some form of universal consciousness.

By Tony on Feb 22, 2013 at 9:33am

I want history to note that I coined the term Homo Sapiens Augmentatis and Homo Sapiens Digitalis.  :-b

By Tolga Tolu on Feb 22, 2013 at 2:26pm

Cant see there’s an end point? No final manthing.

The speed of accelerating intelligence may be impossibly fast - it is certainly going to be dangerous -  and no-one is monitoring it in our governments which have the people’s vast resources.

I wish I wish there were a time when we could all live in a post human stable world with cute magical technology.

But for that to happen A.I. acceleration would have to halt.

Do you think it will?

By eldras on Feb 24, 2013 at 3:27am

Hopefully there will not be just one kind of post-human, but a plethora of post-human species. Myself I hope to one day be like Odo (one of the changlings in the Star Trekā„¢ series), although with a bit more facility to interface with electronics.

By Damian Poirier on Feb 24, 2013 at 8:10am


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