Episode 820: To Be A Machine – The End Of Jobs, Death And Humans
The news every day is Brexit, Trump, refugees, ISIS.
Sure its all good stuff, but what if this is all just noise obscuring the real story of our time? What if we are about to see the end of the human species as we know it?
Mark O’Connell is the author of a brilliant new book, To Be A Machine, which takes us into the world of the transhumanists: people who believe that death is no longer inevitable, that technology is about to open up the path to immortality.
Silicon Valley bigwigs like Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, and Sergey Brin are trying to end aging https://t.co/F6tvaZtOWV
— M2M Telematics™ (@M2MTelematics) March 30, 2017
Mark tells us how a loose alliance of extreme people is working to make Kraftwerk’s dream a reality.
Claiming that you intend to solve death gets everyone’s attention but it also throws up some difficult questions. Who gets to live forever? Would you even really want to? Can we count on our transhumanist tech lords to have old-fashioned humanity’s best interests at heart?
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— Eoin McDevitt (@EoinMcDevitt) March 30, 2017