[extropy-chat] Transhumanists' Needs

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Oct 5 09:58:23 UTC 2005

On Oct 3, 2005, at 11:00 PM, Giu1i0 Pri5c0 wrote:

> But a long and healthy life is a product - service.

It is a need.  Without it I don't get to enjoy much else or  
participate or enjoy any products or services.  A product?  Of whom?

> The need is what has to be in place to enable offering a long and  
> healthy life.

I disagree as per the above but I agree the need can be broken down  
into what is needed to satisfy it.  But that doesn't make it less of  
a need.

> So I think the basic needs are:
> - Strong basic and applied science. Of course this includes the
> necessary funding, be it from the public or private sector, or (more
> realistically) a combination of the two.

This departs far from needs into funding and politics.  Doesn't a  
long and healthy life look a lot more like a simple need in comparison?

> - A cultural environment open to the future and to experimentation,
> the development/deployment of transhumanist technologies.

Not strictly necessary as long as sufficient enclaves of relevant  
progress exist.

> - A suitable political environment with a pro-humen-enhancement (or at
> least not hostile) regulatory framework.

Or the means to ignore/bypass meddlesome regulations.  I am not  
willing to wait for the entire body politic to turn around.  How  
about you?

- samantha

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