Where tech and philosophy collide

August 12, 2009

Critics of transhumanism say it will lead to a world where the wealthy have access to life extending and enhancing innovations, while the poor languish with unmodified, “Mark 1″ human bodies….Technology is affordable only by the wealthy when it doesn’t work very well,” counters Ray Kurzweil. “By the time it is perfected it ends up being extremely inexpensive.

Consider mobile phones; only the wealthy could afford them when they didn’t work. Now they work extremely well and are much more than phones, three billion people have them and six billion will have them in a couple of years.”