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Transhumanism is not a particularly coherent movement, and you’ll find many disagreements between individuals in the transhumanist “herd of cats.” In the last few years, there has been a growing divide between “leftist” Transhumanists and “right-wing” (primarily Libertarian or Laissez-faire capitalist) Transhumanists.

In this divide, there seem to be more leftists in Europe, and more rightwingers in the US. Most people who label themselves left-oriented (or progressive) Transhumanists seem to be social-democrats with a soft spot for European political values.  The circles around Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity University can be characterized as relatively corporatist (which does not necessarily imply a desire for free markets these days).

There are other growing divisions in Transhumanism. The bigger Transhumanism gets, the more it seems to generate heated international debates and some old-timers in the field meet these diatribes with amusement. For the Paleo-Transhumanist crowd, heated debate is quite enjoyable until the backchatter turns feudal. Since most Transhumanists are little else than fans of the core ideas, Transhumanism is in large part about endless talk on various forums, gatherings, and Facebook.

Transhumanism Is Gradually Catching On Worldwide

Wired headEssentially Transhumanism unifies Science Fiction fans, Cryonics-advocates, Life Extension advocates, Space Industrialization radicals, Political Radicals, Technology fetishists and similarly “oddly spotted memetic predators.”

People in Transhumanism tend to be colorful, a bit narcissistic and convinced they bring a unique signal to the movement. Many people who discover Transhumanism tend to conclude “I have been thinking this kind of stuff all along” and feel right at home in the ongoing interchange.  Transhumanism mixes the various outré viewpoints of its adherents in a complex world view. Transhumanists believe that the various components of their personal ideologies add up to expectation about technology and the future. Some Transhumanists believe we’ll see radical progress in our lifetimes. Some Transhumanists believe that technological progress will far exceed anything we have seen in the last few decades and will culminate in the often quoted revolutionary transition that has become known as “The Singularity.” More transitional Transhumanists postulate something like a Singularity in the second half of the 21st century, while more radical Transhumanists expect a completely uncontrollable technological runaway as soon as ten or fifteen years from now.

Also read: An Irreverent Singularity Funcyclopedia, by Mondo 2000’s R.U. Sirius

Transhumanists tend to be cautious on whether or not people can stop (or legislate) runaway technology. Libertarian minded Transhumanists insist that any attempt of the state, to constrain various technological revolutions, will only add unnecessary social pain to the already convulsive change and want less state, no matter the consequences. More socialist-minded Transhumanists often debate solutions such as Basic Income to mitigate the social upheaval that is almost certain to emerge in the next decades. Most Transhumanists think the “spiking” effect in technology and progress will be quite difficult to control, and some Transhumanists might even concede that, as humanity staggers ever closer to The Singularity, a lot of people might end up in considerable distress, or die.

Some Transhumanists imagine “Existential Threats” and large numbers of human beings dying as a result of violent technological advance.  Some in the field of Existential Threats think most or all of humanity is likely to go extinct shortly before or during a Singularity. It is fascinating to see that this view has recently trickled up in mainstream articles from major scientists.

Transhumanism is all about patching up various aspects of human nature and making them better. The best metaphor for that is upgrading a car by adding quality accessories. – humans will remain recognizably human but they will be enriched with various prosthesis,  augmented with Virtual Reality (VR), nanotechnology components, or neural interface hacks.

In this regard, Transhumanism borrows heavily from Cyberpunk, although Transhumanists are consistently more Utopian. Cyberpunk is notoriously depressing and dystopian – most Transhumanists are Utopian-minded to a fault.

Become Male and Do Sex on Weekends

In comparison, the newly emerging Post-Humanist ideology is making assertions about the long term results of all that. Post-Humanists speculate about a radically new evolutionary phase where agents are no longer meaningfully “human,” and any remaining “human qualities” are chosen. As just one example, many Post-Humanists speculate about future sexuality. It is no surprise that Post-Humanists treat sexuality and gender as optional – something that will eventually become a consumer choice.  Some Post-Humanists wish to switch off gender entirely, or making it some kind of software application that’s “run” only in a strictly recreational capacity. In weekends, you become “male” and “do sex,” while other days you are out working hard dismantling asteroids or something like that.

Post-humanism is closely linked to the idea of uploading minds. In Post-Humanist speculations, people will become a blend of nanobots, synthetic organs, and hard metallic shapes. Some Post-Humanists might not even (want to) remain consigned to purely humanoid bodies, and choose more outlandish designs instead – intricate clouds of limbs, swarms of collaborative micro-bots, or post-individualist group minds distributed over multiple bodies.

Of course, there’s is massive overlap between Trans-Humanists and Post-Humanists. Most Post-Humanists speak their mind only within the overall community, for fear of being labeled as techno-religious crackpots. Of course, even “mild” Transhumanist ideas are seen as outlandish by average people, so the more radical Post-Humanist ideas tend to come across as nothing short of science fiction talk in casual water-cooler conversation at the office.

What needs to be said is that we already live in absurd times. The degree of progress that we take for granted in 2014 is already magical compared to a few decades ago. Just a casual comparison between technologies in the 1970s and today suggests that a similar amount of progress in the next decades would be at the very least unpredictable and traumatizing.

That is the most compelling argument that Trans-Humanists and Post-Humanists have when engaging “average Janes and Joes”. There is no actual evidence that the Trans-Humanist or Post-Humanist predictions are based on reality – both viewpoints are essentially revolutionary ideologies and belief systems. Both Trans-humanists and Post-humanists wish to improve the world in ways that outsiders may not understand or consent to, and these ways are critical when looking at the destiny of the human species.  Does humanity actually have a “destiny,” or are we just flotsam washed along by unknown probability currents? Is our trans and post-human future inevitable, or is the technological progress of the last century merely accidental?

These are profound and troubling questions. Trans-Humanists and Post-Humanists ask questions that arouse emotions.  Quite a lot of people hate anyone raising these questions, and understandably so. These ideological frameworks (beyond being speculative and fantastic) are exclusive. It’s like being pregnant – you can not have a world that is “just a little bit Trans-human or Post-human.” If all that stuff is plausible, it will saturate every aspect of our lives in mere decades from now.  Even more alarmingly, extremely uncomfortable choices will be forced on the average Janes and Joes. Will the Jane and Joe of the year 2114 be the Jane and Joe that used to be alive a century before (life extension) and how will they have changed? It may be that the person, who used to be you a century before, will have evolved into something incomprehensibly alien. For average Janes and Joes, that is good reason to instinctively want to reject the core value systems of Trans-humanism, let alone Post-Humanism.

But their rejection won’t remain common for long. It will be not more than a decade before the core ideas of Trans-humanism become commonplace, plausible and mainstream. By the late 2020s, Trans-humanism discussions may dissolve in mainstream debates about the future, technology and progress. By the 2040s, the movement may well be extinct as a result.

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Khannea Suntzu describes herself as cosmist, cosmicist, upwinger, socialist-libertarian, hedonist and abolitionist. Khannea is transgendered, and currently lives in the Netherlands.




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  1. Mark Larkento

    January 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Surprising optimistic. 🙂

    • Giulio Prisco

      January 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Hi Mark – K must be getting old and wise. But what is “optimistic” for us isn’t optimistic for everyone, some people hate these scenarios.

  2. Kennon Gilson

    January 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Transhumanism is actually a version of the Libertarian SMILE agenda or world platform. Libertarians believe tech advances should be neither prohibited nor imposed. For more on the world Libertarian movement on these and other issues, GOOGLE the Libertarian International Organization.

    • Giulio Prisco

      January 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Well, my interpretation of transhumanist is libertarian as well, but not everyone interprets it that way, and as K says in the article there are many left-wing transhumanists. The core idea of transhumanism – that using advanced technology to radically change humans is doable and good – can be interpreted and adopted in most political camps, from the far right to the far left.

  3. advancedatheist

    January 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    There is no actual evidence that the Trans-Humanist or Post-Humanist predictions are based on reality – both viewpoints are essentially revolutionary ideologies and belief systems.

    Which goes to show that transhumanists need to get off their asses and start to turn their ideas into something like practical business plans. Some cryonicists, for example, don’t just play around with probability scenarios about whether cryonics will “work.” They realize that they have to make it work, like those ambitious Sparks brothers in Oregon with their new cryonics organization, Oregon Cryonics. (You can look up their website easily enough.)

  4. advancedatheist

    January 18, 2015 at 1:17 am

    many Post-Humanists speculate about future sexuality. It is no surprise that Post-Humanists treat sexuality and gender as optional – something that will eventually become a consumer choice. Some Post-Humanists wish to switch off gender entirely, or making it some kind of software application that’s “run” only in a strictly recreational capacity. In weekends, you become “male” and “do sex,” while other days you are out working hard dismantling asteroids or something like that.

    I still haven’t figured out how to “do sex” in my current platform.

  5. Ian

    September 22, 2015 at 4:36 am

    They would be nothing more than robots with no feelings.

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EOS Price Forecast: EOS/USD Heading for Another 300% Move?

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  • EOS/USD price action via the 4-hour chart view has formed a bullish flag pattern.
  • The price is moving around levels seen back end of March to early April, before a bull run of over 300%.

The past six sessions for EOS/USD have been erratic to say the least. It has been subject to a high amount of volatility, swinging aggressively in both directions. There has been a lack of commitment from either the bear or bull camps of late. As the market continues to trade with such behavior, it appears to be trying to find its feet, ahead of a potential chunky firm trend.

EOS DApp Hacked Again

An EOS based gambling DApp, EOSBet has been hacked, with $338,000 being reported as stolen. This isn’t the first time; just back in September, hackers managed to get away with a reported 40,000 worth of EOS, which at the time had a value of $200,000. It has been said that they were able to exploit their smart contracts, having found security vulnerabilities.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

EOS/USD 4-hour chart

EOS/USD price action has formed a bullish flag pattern, which began taking shape on 15th October, after the aggressive price behavior stabilized. The bulls at the time ran the price well up into $6 territory. Consequently, it then met the breached ascending trend line, failing to move back above this area. This followed the sharp breakthrough to the downside, which occurred on 11th October. As a result, a drop of over 15% was seen, forcing EOS/USD to retreat in a demand area, within the $5.0000 level proximity.

Looking to the upside, small near-term resistance is seen at around $5.6100, which is the upper trend line of the mentioned bull flag pattern. A breakout will likely open the doors to a retest of the broken ascending trend line, tracking around $6.1100. Support can be eyed at $5.4600, which marks the lower trend line of the flag. Furthermore, should this fail to hold, EOS/USD could likely fall back down to the serving demand area, within the lower $5.0000 territory.

April 2018 Bull Run

EOS/USD April bull run

In April of this year EOS/USD entered a chunky bull run, gaining over 300%. From the back end of March until 11th April, the price had been stuck within consolidation mode. Resulting in the price trading within a tight range, at levels of where the price is currently seen today.

Something quite astonishing started to unfold. Between the period of 11th April to the 29th April, a bull run of around 290% was seen. Over this time frame EOS/USD went from $5.9500 up to a high of around $23.0811. The price is currently demonstrating a similar behavior to that of what was seen during the mentioned period. It is interesting to note that the price did have historical levels to break through, as it had already run higher during the period of December 2017 and came back down. Finally, this is not to say EOS/USD will observe the same bull run. However, it is an interesting observation to be aware of.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Has the Potential for a Short-term Rally, Though Bearish Set-up Eyed

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  • Stellar’s XLM potentially has further room for upside, within the short-term view.
  • Danger still looms for XLM/USD, as the daily chart suggests of a bearish technical pattern set up.

Steller’s native token XLM, has failed to commit to any sustained trend. This has been the case since the start of July. Bull rallies that have been witnessed were quickly sold by the market bears. This led the market to trade within a generally long running form of consolidation. Price action is narrowing, given the unsustainable short-term trend runs that have been witnessed. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Stellar foundation have certainly been busy.

Stellar Developments

It was reported recently, blockchain security company BitGo, announced their support of Stellar Lumens (XLM). Being added to the BitGo’s list, Stellar now receives custody solutions. Their users will be able to generate wallets for Stellar Lumens. This is said to be starting at some point within the next couple of weeks. Elsewhere, as previously reported, the Stellar foundation at the start of this month released their heavily anticipated decentralized exchange, StellarX.

4-hour Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart, price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern. This comes after the surge higher between September 20-23. XLM/USD has since entered consolidation mode, trading within a range-bound nature. The price is coming very much towards the end of this technical pattern seen, raising the case for an imminent breakout. Near-term support can be observed around $0.2350 area. This is the lower tracking trend line of the mentioned pennant. A failure of the support could very likely see a fast fall to $0.2050. XLM/USD was last trading in this territory between September 12 – 20. The mentioned period was during a time of consolidation, prior to the mentioned breakout higher.

Resistance is seen just ahead of the current price. The above descending trend line of the pennant pattern is tracking around $0.2460-70. Enough bullish momentum to see the breach would likely force the price running to $0.2650. This is seen as an area of resistance on the 4-hour chart view. Looking further to the north, eyes would be on the supply heading into the $0.3000 mark.

Daily Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD daily chart

Taking into consideration the 4-hour chart view, there is still room for another squeeze higher. Despite this, danger appears to still be looming for XLM/USD. Risks on the daily chart point to the downside. The view of this is that a longer-term bearish pennant pattern is containing the price. XLM/USD support on the daily chart can be seen just sub of $0.2000. A long-running supporting trend line can be seen. The price having required assistance on June 29 and several occasions from September 8 – 12. To the upside, resistance can be seen around $0.2900. XLM/USD was rejected already on a few prior occasions, by the above descending trend line. July 25-2 and then most recently September 23, all saw respective bull runs halted.

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IOTA Price Analysis: Current Behavior Raises Concerns of Another Drop in the Price

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  • Current technical indications still point to downside risks for IOTA’s MOITA price.
  • Near-term chart view sees a rising wedge pattern. The daily chart observes a bearish pennant formation.

The IOTA price remains at risk for now of a breakout to the downside. It appears more likely that downside pressure will be seen, in comparison to any upside surprises. Despite this, IOTA’s native token has made solid recovery in just over a week of trading. Since 25th September, it has gained 8%. Trending higher has been observed from a low of around $0.5200, up to current levels around $0.5600.

IOTA Developments

Most recently, Bitpanda announced they now offer deposit and withdrawal services for IOTA. Bitpanda is fintech company based in Vienna, Austria. They specialize in selling and buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Becoming Europe’s leading retail broker for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more, boasting a user base of over 900,000 users. “We are very pleased to announce not only withdrawal and deposit functionalities for IOTA on Bitpanda, but also that Bitpanda now officially supports the latest IOTA tech — IOTA Hub,” as stated in their most recent blog post.

This move goes to show the growing presence IOTA is having across the market. The market acknowledgement of the foundation’s technology. IOTA’s MOITA is currently the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which is seen at $1.5 billion.

Elsewhere, as covered previously, the foundation is very close to revolutionizing the car insurance industry. They presented a new project in which they have been working on at bIOTAsphere. This was a proof of concept technology, known as Tangle. Full details mentioned in the previous article.

Near-term Technical Review 

IOT/USD 60-minute chart

Looking via the 60-minute chart, current price action has formed a rising wedge pattern. This price behavior makes it susceptible to a breakout to the downside. Should the bears manage to breach the lower support, sellers could pile in. To the downside, support in this view can be seen tracking around $0.5650. Further to the downside, 60-minute support should come into play around $0.5420.

Daily Chart Technical Review

IOT/USD daily chart

For over a month now, price action, as clearly seen on the daily chart view, has been firmly within consolidation mode. The range is getting tighter, building up the likelihood of an imminent breakout. Resistance is sitting just ahead around $0.5850, very close to current levels. Support eyed at $0.5430, a breakout could see the price tumbling. A potential downside target would likely be around the $0.4000 territory, testing 14th August low.

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