I'm transhuman. I'm going to become digital – BBC

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Five years in the future, in the London of 2024, Stephen and Celeste worry about their daughter, Bethany, who declares herself a transhuman.

Years and Years | Series 1 Episode 1 | BBC

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  1. Not all transhumans want to go into the cloud and want immorality. Some want to modify their bodies with genetic engineering and cyborgization but remain in this world. I have nothing against the former I just wish the media didn't portray all transhumanists as wanting to go into the matrix.

  2. Here's a wild idea. Perhaps the concept of an 'eternal hell' predicted in the Bible is what a person experiences when they supercede their consciousness to the artificial intelligence god which humanity might create and worship in some future age.

    If that sounds completely outlandish, go join a 'transhumanism' group and see what they're talking about. Their talk of 'merging with the AI and becoming as gods' has disturbing religious undertones to it, and assuming they one day succeed, they might regret becoming an eternally conscious node in some grand, impersonal neural network.

    Takeaway points: i) Transhumanism is likely to become a major 'religion' of the world sometime this century, once AI are possible (certain elites are hot on the idea), and ii) assuming large parts of industry and daily life are eventually automated and connected (Internet of Things), a controlling/supervising AI has the potential to become the revered false god ('Beast') described in Revelation.

    I'm not saying I believe this 100%, but it's certainly compelling. Maybe it's true. Or perhaps I just need some fresh air. Either way, your thoughts are welcomed!

  3. From the moment I understood the weakness of my flesh, it disgusted me. I craved the strength and certainty of steel. I aspired to the purity of the Blessed Machine.

    Your kind cling to your flesh, as if it will not decay and fail you. One day the crude biomass that you call a temple will wither, and you will beg my kind to save you. But I am already saved, for the Machine is immortal…

    …even in death I serve the Omnissiah.

  4. But even if this is possible, the copy of your self may not be one to one, which means that a "version" of you will exist digitally, but it may not be exactly you, its more of a derivative of you.

  5. This is so progressive. Humanity is "progressive". For we MUST blindly keep plowing forward, even until they inevitably run out of track and fly off the cliff. Hopefully then once humanity has killed itself off completely due to its own self-destructive obsession with self identity stupidity, a far more deserving species will claim ownership of the planet. We most certainly don't deserve it.

  6. I don't understand who is liking the video!? Who will like future like this?
    Instead of note before you killing yourself now you going to be in a fancy cloud.
    In a 15 years our kids who will grow up white things like this, will think, " Wow, so COOL, let me be a cloud!".
    " And my parents, what they know, they are old fashion."

  7. Yeah, go for it – It is much easier to cancel / delete data! No blood on their hands anymore! But you will be happy for sure – as long as it last! You mean forever? Ask your provider!

  8. This is where it's heading sadly. There are a lot of people around the world behind the transhumanist idea. It has started with the military and it will eventually drop down to civil society.

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