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III. Human Enhancement

The Cognitive Sphere

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.part3

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

More, M. and Vita-More, N. (eds) (2013) Human Enhancement, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.part3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • cognitive capacities;
  • human enhancement;
  • transhumanism

Summary

Enhancing the human brain's cognitive capacities is one of the crucial goals of transhumanism. This chapter explains what the third section of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future talks about. The section first considers how the merging of humans and machines will enable us to redesign ourselves for the better. Next, it explores the implications of artificial general intelligence (AGI). Then, the section projects technological trends to see how we might use intelligent information filters and enhanced reality (now called “augmented reality”) to expand our perceptual and cognitive abilities and to personalize our view of reality. Further, it explores “Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds” and explains that the goal of substrate-independence is to continue personality, individual characteristics, a manner of experiencing and a personal way of processing those experiences.