Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century
We’re hurtling towards a superhuman future – or, if we blunder, extinction. The only way out of our existential crises, from global warming to the risks posed by nuclear weapons, novel and bioengineered pathogens, and unaligned AI, is up. We’ll need more technology to safeguard our future – and we urgently need to invent and perhaps even merge with some of that technology.
That's the view which Elise Bohan, Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, develops in her new book, Future Superhuman: Our Transhuman Lives in a Make-or-Break Century.
Questions explored in the book include: Are the robots coming for our jobs? How will human relationships change when AI knows us inside out? Will we still be having human babies by the century’s end? How will ubiquitous automation transform livelihoods and dating and mating careers? And how might humans respond to:
- The stretching out of ‘the-circle-of-life’ as life-extension technologies mature,
- The rise of AI friends and lovers,
- The liberation of women from pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and the impending global baby-bust,
- The attendant proliferation of digital minds?
Elise will be joining London Futurists to review key themes from her book and to answer audience questions.
This event was originally scheduled for 23rd April but has been rescheduled for 7th May. Because the date changed, all previous RSVPs have been cancelled (and Zoom registration fees refunded). Please RSVP again and re-register with Zoom. Apologies for the inconvenience!
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Elise Bohan has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature/Letters, and a PhD in Evolutionary Macrohistory / Big History, both from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Since October 2021 she has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford. Her research interests include AI Ethics, History of Philosophy, Evolutionary Macrohistory, and Transhumanism.
Selected advance praise for Future Superhuman:
'There’s much doom and gloom about humanity’s future, understandably so at a time of climate change and large-scale environmental collapse. But there’s another side to what’s coming, and it won’t all be bad. Elise Bohan is your travel guide to the future of human minds and bodies. Enjoy the trip – your guide is as sharp, savvy, lively and entertaining as you could ever want.’
— Russell Blackford, author of At the Dawn of a Great Transition: The Question of Radical Enhancement
‘One of the most entertaining, fascinating, and thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time! Future Superhuman provides a breathtakingly original, broad and optimistic view of a transhuman future. Elise Bohan’s fresh and unique voice comes through on every page: bold, fearless, fun and relentless on the absurdities of the human condition. She could well be the next big non-fiction star, at home in the same constellation as Yuval Noah Harari, Carl Sagan, or Elizabeth Kolbert.’
— Rob Brooks, Scientia Professor of Evolution, UNSW, author of Artificial Intimacy
‘A fun, frightening and fruitful look at our future. This is the book I want to give to friends who ask, “but what is transhumanism, really?”
— Anders Sandberg, Senior Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
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