is the philosophy that we can, and should, try to overcome our biological limits by means of reason, science and technology.
Extropians/Transhumanists seek things like intelligence augmentation, increased strength and beauty, extreme life extension, sustainable mood enhancement and the capability to get offplanet and explore the universe.
These goals are to be achieved with the aid of contemporary and future technologies such as AI, mind uploading, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and cryonics. In other words, (hardcore) extropians/transhumanists seek to become posthuman (demi-)gods - 'persons of unprecedented physical, intellectual and psychological capacity, self-programming, self-constituting, potentially immortal, unlimited individuals'.
It is a fairly common belief among extropians/transhumanists that the pace of technological progress will accelerate enormously within the next century, ultimately resulting in a period of extremely fast and profound social and technological change, after which nothing can be reliably conceived; the Singularity.
New Civilization Network
Future History timeline
Cyborgs and Postmodern Bodies
Self-Transformation And Extreme Longevity
Gopher Resources on Futurology
By Nick Bostrom
Texts about Transhumanism
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