What is transhumanism and why is it so important to me

21 Century. We have waited for it for so long, we have shared with it hope for a better future and peace. As you are aware, we are in the 21st century and we have not changed anything. In contrast, we have even taken a backward step in development: Hard-won human rights are being trampled once more, conflicts and wars are raging, and nationalists and religious fundamentalists are gaining ground. You may believe that by working on ourselves, we can change, but even Buddhist monks struggle to control their strong emotions and instincts. According to anthropologists and evolutionary psychologists, our brains are still at the hunter-gatherer level, which may explain the lack of progress. Our future does not have to be like this; we have the ability to break free from the vicious cycle of our animal legacy. Thanks to technology, we can take control of our own evolution by improving ourselves and thus skipping the childhood age of humanity – this is the idea of transhumanism. Transhumanism promotes the use of technology to improve a person’s mental and physical condition. It aims to expand its limits, including stopping the aging process or increasing intellectual potential. It aims to eliminate disease and disability. Transhumanism assumes that man in his present form is merely a transitional stage – transhuman. He also accepts the possibility of controlling his own evolution, replacing random mutation with directed evolution, to become something more – posthuman. The term “transhumanism” was first used by the biologist and humanist Julian Huxley in 1957. The definition of transhumanism has undergone many changes, and its current version was created by the philosopher Max More. Transhumanism can be divided into several currents: from democratic through Extropianism, which aims to proactively accelerate human evolution, to Singularitarianism, which expects the creation of artificial intelligence intellectually superior to people, causing an avalanche of change in technology. I realize that genetic changes require both human involvement and legal authorization. Today, in the age of flat-earthers and fundamentalists, it will be difficult, if not impossible to do. There is another option that I favor and that is also the goal of many transhumanists, it is to connect the brain to the computer, which will theoretically enable the transfer of the mind to the machine. Work on such devices is underway, among others, by the Neuralink company. I think that such a solution could allow us to achieve a high level of civilization and the transfer of the mind can give us almost unlimited possibilities, because even the laws of physics do not apply in cyberspace. Here we can create completely new worlds that can be inhabited by countless posthumans without burdening the planet. It’s difficult to imagine what post-biological life might be like; however, as a designer and artist, I’m constantly discovering new ideas for such a life while creating and researching cyberspace, virtual beings, and artificial intelligence. For this, I built a Supercomputer as my virtual habitat, where I can stay and explore new possibilities using virtual reality.