[extropy-chat] Transhumanists' Needs

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Oct 6 08:01:01 UTC 2005

I think I am a bit confused by the question.  The below goes from  
saying the mission is to realize the transhumanist future by  
providing a product or service.  Then it speaks of needs being  
crucial to identify for the success of transhumanism.  Success comes  
from fulfilling the mission which was previously said to be from  
providing services or products.  Then it asks for what we seed as  
distinct from a product or service.  See the confusion?  I think from  
some of the replies that I am not the only one confused.

I don't want to get into a discussion really about what is a product  
and what is a need.  But I will try to answer with a few things I  
think are needed to reach a transhumanist future,

1) intelligence augmentation at individual level and organizational  
level for all sizes of organization.

2) emotional augmentation for greater compassion and seeing the best  
for the other as essential to our own best.

3) The technological path must visibly and inescapable lead to ever  
greater well-being of everyone.  If we can get that across and show  
that it is real rather than pie in the sky then we will have won.

4) to see and treat one another as potential immortals of vast  
intelligence and wisdom or whatever your vision of your eventual self  
may be.  I believe we will treat each other much differently if we  
develop that perspective.

  - samantha

On Oct 3, 2005, at 12:49 PM, nvitamore at austin.rr.com wrote:

> Friends,
> I am developing an enterprise model for transhumanism.  In doing  
> so, I have
> a question that I’d like you to think about and let me know your  
> thoughts.
> Transhumanism, like every enterprise, has a mission.  That mission  
> is to
> realize a transhumanist future by providing a service or product to  
> its
> customers (that’s us!).  we are the advocates, patron, benefactor,
> investor, consumer, sponsor, or clients.   Being of use to us is the
> fundamental reason for the transhumanism’s existence.
> We, as its advocates, have needs.  Identifying our needs is crucial  
> for the
> further development and success of transhumanism.  Sounds simple,  
> but it is
> not as easy as it seems.
> What do you, as the client/patron/benefactor/investor of  
> transhumanism need?
> (Be careful not to confuse needs with a product or service.)
> For example, I need a long, healthy, life.
> I look forward to hearing from you,
> Best,
> Natasha
> Natasha Vita-More
> http://www.natasha.cc
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