I am a transhumanist sympathizer who incorporates H+ with a critical eye. On the one hand, transhumanists rightly envision a utopian future superior to the present era and engage in the effort to actualize that vision. I applaud this. On the other hand, transhumanists risk becoming unrealistic when thinking that every human vicissitude can be overcome with technology. The human propensity for sin and evil, for example, may steer technology toward wanton destruction long before a utopian tomorrow can dawn. A realistic transhumanist zeal? That would be great!
Dr. Ted Peters (Ph.D., University of Chicago) teaches systematic theology and ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, USA. Along with Robert John Russell, he co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He is author of God–The World’s Future (Fortress, 3rd ed., 2015) and author of Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2003). He recently edited a new volume on artificial intelligence, AI and IA: Utopia or Extinction? (ATF 2018) Along with two colleagues, Arvin Gouw and Brian Patrick Green, he is now editing a new book, Religious Transhumanism and its Critics (Lexington 2020). He is author of a fiction thriller with a Transhumanist plot, Cyrus Twelve, with Aprocryphile Press [http://tedstimelytake.com/series/leona-foxx-thriller/].
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