Here are some neat people talking about the future.
Transhumanism, or h+ if you want to be a super space hipster douchebag, is an international and cultural movement that sees the future as an opportunity to improve on our existence as a species by eliminating “problems” such as aging or out own intellectual, physical, and psychological limitations. Transhumanist thinkers, of which I think we could fit Ray Kurzweil, study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings could become beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the term “posthuman” – like in the Sid Meyer’s Alpha Centauri game finale.
I don’t know how I feel about the movement, even as an idealist myself. I certainly know that the sick “space libertarianism” of Heinlein’s work is a just a mere sign of the times (the 20th century was a bad scene), but suggesting that a small group of intellectual elites is going to guide the next stage in human evolution is also bewilderingly undemocratic. There response, of course this is hypothetical since I have not asked them, would that the future, perfected human would not need democracy in order to function best and be happy. But I can’t help thinking (knowing) that this would mean leaving somebody out of the equation. And I don’t like that.
Anyway, these guys are talking about something totally different and you should check it out.