Transhumanism, Enhanced Human: Utopia or Nightmare?

Transhumanism discussed in UM6P

UM6P Science Week: Are We Ready for a Transhumanist Future?

In the age of transhumanism, famous scientists have spoken of the importance of transhumanist principles that will shape the post-human age. Next to the second edition of Science Week, organized by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), this Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Bangalore, is a symposium on the theme. Transhumanism, Enhanced Human: Utopia or Nightmare ? A

As transhumanism has become an increasingly powerful concept around the world, Morocco has embarked on a journey to keep pace with emerging technologies and ways to bring them into education.

Speaking at the opening of the symposium, the president of the university, Hitacham El Habati, recalled the fascination of science fiction, the dream of a future life, and the human fascination for everything beyond nature’s limitations.

“Homo sapiens, characterized by a desire to survive genetically, has not stopped using all the means at its disposal to increase its power. What sets our era apart is that these methods now include a scientific and technological arsenal in rapid evolution,” said Mr L. Habati.

The main place of this arsenal in our lives is now an absolute truth.

“Based on this observation, transhumanism as a movement seeks to be the guardian of human transformation in order to create a post-human being with optimal performance. Physically, mentally and spiritually,” he noted.

He then highlighted worldwide advances in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

“Transhumanism, Enhanced Man: Utopia or Nightmare? 6, organized by Mohammad VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Benghazi. Credit: Mohammad VI Polytechnic University

Moroccan Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation Abdelatif Mirawi also attended the talks.

In his inaugural address, the Minister highlighted the severity of the challenges posed by technological changes in various fields, with a view to adapting to them by increasing research capacity. Innovative fields of science and artificial intelligence. And digital technology. They offer promising opportunities in human life and with a strong impact on accelerating the pace of economic and social development.

“The cracks are unpredictable, they are ready. In the next 10 years, we will see groundbreaking innovations. Artificial intelligence, digital … society is changing. So young people need to be prepared and prepared now to face the future. If we want to be competitive in the international arena, the university has to take this strategic turn. There is a movement in this direction with the ESRI 2030 agreement, which aims to accelerate the transformation of the ecosystem and the transformation of Moroccan universities at both the academic and organizational levels. A

Elon Musk, quoting Mr. L. Habati, explored the potential of enhanced knowledge by inserting a microprocessor into the human brain. Originally founded for therapeutic purposes, his company envisioned a transhuman future through the fusion of Neurallink Neuroscience, Chemistry and Robotics.

These advances call for more discussion than ever before on the perception of the growing people that the Colloquium offers to discuss and that, according to the president of UM6P, is at the center of the university’s interest.

“In five years, our university has established extensive research and teaching activities in robotics, machine learning, computer science, artificial intelligence and augmented reality,” he noted.

And to add: “By integrating science, technology and their responses into human society, UM6P confirms its ambition to contribute to the national, African and global discourse that informs and advances the debate.”

Human artificialization is part of a process where first there was an artificialization of nature then there was a progressive attachment of man before man reached an artificialization, explained Jack Attali.

“One of the biggest debates today, which is constantly being postponed, is to know where to put the boundaries between what should be in the domain of the living and what can still enter the domain of the ‘artifact’. This is no longer a theoretical debate. Practical questions, “said Atali.

The French economist Jacques Attali goes further and describes the transhumanist movement as a community.

“We, the human race, are on the brink of extinction. So instead of wasting money pretending to be immortal, we need to focus on the economy of our lives, ”he underlined.

Atali is convinced that we must save this planet and be engaged in the process of creating the conditions necessary for future generations to live in a developed world. According to him, this requires fossil fuels, the greenhouse effect, the elimination of pesticides … “In the absence of urgent action, the earth will turn into hell in a few years”, Atali concluded.

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