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Questions tagged [trans-humanism]

For questions concerning trans-humanism as a philosophical movement, and the drive towards developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities

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Domestic uses of half humans [on hold]

I am writing a future world in which scientific studies in the field of eugenics are flourishing to the point that a certain lab is prepared to test on humans. They want to create useful half humans ...
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Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

Meet Greg. Greg was born with pretty average genetics. It seems like he was destined to have average intelligence, average strength, and be average at everything. There was one particularly though: he ...
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How to house and conceal an AI-level intelligence in a human body? [closed]

How would you take a human body - consider it baseline for these purposes - and make it able to house, power and regulate the temperature of hardware capable of sustaining an artificial intelligence ...
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How long do the human arms and legs need to be so they can fly like a bat [duplicate]

just out of curiosity how long do the human arms and legs would need to be so that a connecting patagium, like that of a colugo or a bat, would allow them to glide like one
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Might it be possible to work while sleeping without significant long term health complications?

One aspect of the world I'm conceptualizing is that some employees might opt to work while in a medically induced coma, or work at night while they sleep by using brain implants that induce a type of ...
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Would re-engineering humans to lay eggs be beneficial?

I had the idea for a group of advanced humans using technology to rework their bodies so that they lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young, just like a platypus (possibly to survive in an alien ...
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Combat on an alien world [closed]

(I'm copy pasting the opening from my other question here ) I'm currently working on a science fiction comic about humans marooned on an alien world for generations. My question is related to what ...
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If an Artificial Intelligence system with the same number of neurons and synapses as the human brain was built, would it be smarter than a human? [closed]

Brain waves work at most 50 operations per second, and the fastest synapse fire rate is not very different from this speed(up to 100 times per second). However, today computers operate in billions of ...
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Would money, capitalism and the monetary system completely disappear in a post scarcity or resource based economy? [closed]

Do you think it will be possible that everything will be free and people will no longer need to work if we achieve post scarcity and resource based economy?If yes, what technologies would make society ...
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What would happen to Earth's climate and sky if the ozone layer was completely distroyed? [closed]

It would be very interesting to have sci-fi stuff showing our planet lacking the ozone layer due to deterioration of biodiversity and pollution. I read that Earth could not have life if there wasn't ...
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What would happen if Artificial Intelligence reach an IQ of 1000, 1000000 and over? [closed]

What would happen to society and the world and tech and science development if computers and AI get so smart and intelligent?
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How the world would change if matter replicator technology become possible?Would all goods and services become free? [closed]

How cities and the world would change if matter replicators become reality someday?Will money disappear and all goods and services become free?Would create new products become very easy even if they ...
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Would pollution become so bad in the future that it could change sky color and the planet Earth color? [closed]

I remember that when I was younger I saw sci-fi stuff and art showing air pollution to become so bad that the sky color changed to either redder and brighter or dimmer and dark grey.In other words, ...
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How Mind Uploading could be done without being invasive?

The timeline in the 22nd century section of FutureTimeline.net says that the brain will be replaced by robotic components until the brain is entirely artifitial and then be transplanted into a robotic ...
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Is this genetically enhanced human possible?

Imagine a human which could deliver electrical shocks for example by touching someone. He could shock with different intensities from a harmful shock to knocking out a person. Of course he could ...
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Is a population of people with eternal youth sustainable?

Alright so in my sci-fi setting, my space faring human civilisation has a widespread procedure that allows humans a very extended time period without any sort aging or its assorted issues (weakening ...
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What Could Aliens Do To Devolve Humans With A Germ Line Virus?

The Objective Lots of questions at this site consider how humans could be enhanced with genetic engineering. But, if you are an alien, you may have the opposite priorities. These aliens are ...
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Limits of a human with enhanced brain

Some kind of computer chip has been implanted into the brain of one of my characters. Since then, he is able to willingly activate the chip for a short amount of time (between 5 and 10 minutes before ...
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On transferring human consciousness to a computer, roughly how much memory and processing power would it take? [duplicate]

Designing my own RPG, and transferring human consciousness into machines is a part of the background. Wondering what are the real world numbers for doing such a thing. Memory, processing power, heat ...
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Methods of cognitive and physical enhancement (NOT drugs) [closed]

What realistic methods exist for potentially dramatically increasing human intelligence and physical athleticism, apart from nootropic drugs or steroids? I guess this is getting into transhumanism - ...
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How to calculate food consumption if all current human suddenly becomes immortal? [closed]

What if all human currently become immortal? Those who lived at particular fraction of time gain immortality and newborn don't have it . So the ages of people on earth currently will become constant ...
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How would mind transfer work and how many minds/memories could a brain hold? [closed]

Many science fiction stories feature the concepts of mind uploading and consciousness transfer. Let's assume that the personalities of the two people in one mind function sort of like dissociative ...
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Can you 'move' a person from his brain elsewhere? [closed]

Bob and Joe are friends. Joe decides to move his life to a virtual reality, and invents a device that copies his brain to a [very advanced] computer (killing his biological body and brain in the ...
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Eye implant/surgery for AR/VR? [closed]

In the distant future with advanced medical technology, if a person gets commercially-available eye "surgery" to facilitate AR/VR entertainment or technical work (like a Heads-Up-Display but without ...
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Is my method of changing the genetics of humankind realistic? [closed]

Years after humans have discovered an ancient aliens ruins on a planet they realize that the animals were capable of amazing feats. Said ruins have activated and killed the vast majority of humankind. ...
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Biological CPUs - why would the developed world fear them?

There is a bottleneck towards Strong AI in my universe. For whatever reason, no one has ever figured out an AI that is sufficiently autonomous to be left alone without intervention, and no one has ...
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In a post-modern world, can meeting new people mean preference over local communities and/or families?

Gonna be hard to put it to words, especially because of the rather broad scope of my question, but I think it can be a proper submission here. Here on Earth, regardless of the period and location, in ...
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How would a post-human civilization integrate a modern society? [closed]

Background Information In my scenario, humans have advanced to the point to where they are god-like machines barely recognizable to the humans of today. With the appearance of their bodies being the ...
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In a world where death isn't permanent, can being burned alive be made a less excruciating experience?

In the not too distant future, technology is developed that allows human minds to be scanned by nanobots, uploaded to a server, and then downloaded into artificially produced organic bodies, ...
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How can a human being morph into their id side of their psyche in an instant?

A man with a past traumatic experience developed dissociates amnesia. Every time he experiences something traumatic, his id persona hiding in his unconscious mind comes out taking over his body. This ...
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What would be the most ideal feet design for bipedal upright walking humanoids? [closed]

Our feet have way too many bones thanks to our ape-like ancestors who needed their "hand-feet" to climb, which is useless for us now. The ostrich for example has a better feet design with ancestors ...
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How can we ensure that superhuman AIs are benevolent?

Given that AIs will be produced with military and commercial "prime directives", all over the world, by organisations that will ignore or subvert something like a UN resolution ... what is a practical,...
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How can humanity avoid an AI apocalypse? [closed]

2000-2040 humanity prepares for the AI singularity, during which the growth of artificial intelligence "explodes" leading to independence and true conciousness among some machines Approx 2050 the "AI ...
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Transfer of knowledge from mother to child before birth [closed]

We humans take the about 25% of our life learning before getting a job. How would it be possible for a mother's (and possibly father's) knowledge to be transferred into the brain of baby before it ...
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Are brain augmentations capable of interfering with orgasm?

Implants and/or augmentations in human brain are widely shown in fiction: improving and/or enhancing certain functions of the brain by artificial means can have nearly endless possibilities. All of ...
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Will it be posthumans rather than humans who explore the galaxy?

By the time we develop the technologies necessary for travelling between stars, I think it is fairly likely that we would have already developed the technology to digitally augment, edit, and upload ...
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Order of Solar System Colonization (alternate version)

Noting that this question is specific to human colonization, and Thucydides’s answer is explicit that driving concerns are to support life, and I notice that the story I’m working on turns this on ...
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How would you neutralise an invulnerable flying human [closed]

They seem to fly through levitation and while they are affected by external force, eg you could push them over. They are not hindered by any attempt at damaging them. Any ideas?
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Any motivation for racism still existing in a transhumanist future?

Humanity is immortal. You can backup your mind, you can choose your body, biological or robotic, in any shape or form. In a universe like that, there is any motivation for racism to still exist?
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What would be the traits of a humanoid being who would live more comfortably in modern society?

Evolution is a great system for incremental refinements, but it's not very good at drastic changes, and can leave behind a lot of inconvenient vestigial elements. It's also rubbish at dealing with ...
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Would the totality of all living human brains be valuable to an alien superintelligence?

I have a scenario where, thousands of years ago, an alien AI is imprisoned in a human body in place of a traditional AI box to limit its mental capacities (it's being punished and not expected to do ...
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Where should we store our brains?

I'm creating a story in which (almost) all of the world's now 10 billion people have voluntarily become "brains in jars." Considering that almost the entire population has chosen to do so, leaving ...
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When will uploaded minds be a reality?

The Premise Setting a near-ish future world, where people live a full life and then upload their minds into different hardware and continue on. Setting a timeline for this, when (what year) are we ...
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Nomenclature for software beings

I’ve seen the terms posthuman and transhuman used in fairly generic ways. But given a setting with several types of beings, what consistent naming convention could be used? I suppose the vulgar terms ...
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How would humans fare in a robot economy? [closed]

This is my first post on the site. I'm in the early stages of creating a hard science fiction world with transhumanist themes. I have a few interrelated questions. ① Is it reasonable to predict that ...
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Preventing A Transhumanist Infinite Loop

Yesterday I was talking with some of my friends about ideal/utopian worlds and came across a potential infinite loop problem. My ideal world was that of a transhumanist vision. Humans still look and ...
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Making a Modern Minimal Monastery

There's a cult of people in Mexico who worship an AI, believing it will grant them brain uploading: destructive surgical removal of their brains to have themselves recreated as unaging software minds. ...
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How to govern a society of functionally immortal reality-benders?

So, you died. Good for you. Luckily, due to various scientific advancements that spit in the face of biology, philosophy, engineering, and general plausibility, you’re technically not dead! Your body ...
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Realism of Sub-humanity over half-humanity

A common feature in fantasy are half-human creatures such as centaurs, satyrs and merpeople. As much as the worldbuilding community wants these to be real, the evolution and anatomy don't match. The ...
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What would it feel to disconnect a part of our brain?

As we see today the interconnection between the brain and computing is becoming thinner day by day, we could imagine a future that where we could install additional artificial neurons. In a world ...