What kinds of empathetic technologies can we create that would increase our individual and collective understanding of ourselves and the world? This is in the interest of increasing our mental interconnectivity and awareness, as well as our value to one another while decreasing alienation in a rapidly changing world.
Transhumanists all agree that humans are going to "transform" or "transcend" into some post-human state of being. They often argue over whether or not "transcend" is the appropriate word, as well as whether or not teleological interpretations have any legitimacy.
Transhumanists have a big problem with having an effect on social development, most likely because we lack of a prescriptive vision to unite around. People like Kurzweil make descriptive predictions about what's going to happen, but they rarely, if ever, prescribe to us what we should do to transform.
It should be obvious that if this accelerating intelligence explosion (the singularity) is going to happen, it's going to be an act of the people's volition. Most transhumanists describe the future in such a manner while ignoring the necesary changes in society and consciousness. These descriptive predictions necessarily imply a social revolution, a change in individual and collective consciousness, and a transformation of value.
Here I suggest some prescriptions, as follows:
1) A complete understanding of identity, solving the continuation problem, understanding how our minds and volitions are truly connected as well as their consequences.
2) Knowledge of how we can come to know each other's needs and fortunes (how to increase the density of empathy or collective consciousness in civilization)
3) Knowledge of how we can better fulfill each other's needs and increase our value to one another.
4) A shared understanding by everyone, in that "I know that you know that I know" how to create the greatest possible good, so that people can be liberated from alienation and our moral economy can have a basis for understanding moral transactions.
These prescriptions should be the basis behind the development of empathetic technologies, in order to help us know ourselves and the world better, bringing us into a state of greater harmony with our inner selves and the outer environment.