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Transhumanism: five minutes with . . . Mark O’Connell

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 29 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2327
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The winner of the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize for To be a Machine explains what it means to be transhuman

“Transhumanism is a social movement predicated on the idea that it’s possible, and desirable, to use technology to push the boundaries of what it means to be human and to transcend our biological condition up to, and including, mortality.

“Having a hip or knee replacement is not transhumanist. It’s just bringing you back to where you were and not giving you superhuman capabilities. An implant that allowed you to run faster would be transhumanist.

“At the most extreme end, it’s a move away from the human body completely so you would no longer …

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