Transhumanist don’t think about playing God, because religion is a subjective interpretation of our very existence
Interviewer: If i understand you well, designing the future of the body, the skin well, the whole human being, is a new form of art. Here is a quote from you: “When we think of the arts, it is necessary to stretch our imaginations to a time when humanity will steer evolution. We are at the precipice of navigating this course now”. Was God, or what we call God, an artist? Do transhumanist artists plan to become “like Gods”?
I learned early on that they are many different interpretations of religion throughout the world. Western man of Gods is not necessarily the only views. There are a lot of different traditions of the future and the past. I lived with the Navajo Indians, I was in the Amazon jungle, I traveled many places and studied different methods of appreciating life though prayer and mediations. And I put that all together! So think about a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim, an atheist or an agnostic doesn’t really make sense to me. Because all those systems believe that they are absolutely correct! That really freaked me out: how do they know, have they been there? So to answer your question: the universe is a pretty magnificent body of matter. How it started, we do not know. We think it was a big bang, that’s the latest theory from what we know at this point of time. i do not see any place in a religious God in that. Certainly, from a religious point of view, one would esteem that God would be a magnificent artist in designing humans and in designing all life forms. Another interpretation would be that the cosmos is a great artist in creating in the universe. I am more interested in the universe and what came out of that and life evolving. Do transhumanists plan to become like God? I hope not because I think it’s an authoritarian view that is all right and all perfect and I don’t think being all right and all perfect is transhumanist. Because if you are perfect, there is not room for improvements! But if you look at it in the other way, it could be like playing God in extending life, building new bodies, designing life extension. But I do not see it as being God, I see as being a species that know it has to do something or else. Meaning that if there is a Singularity and superintelligence does outperform human intelligence, we will have no choice. We will have to upgrade ourselves and become smarter. That is the issue of extinction risk. We have to protect our specie, that’s our responsibility. This is the ethic or transhumanism.
Source : Natasha vita-more: “I would rather not play god, i would rather play !”, March 27, 2013, tryangle.fr
We are still the masters of our fate. Rational thinking, even assisted by any conceivable electronic computors, cannot predict the future. All it can do is to map out the probability space as it appears at the present and which will be different tomorrow when one of the infinity of possible states will have materialized. Technological and social inventions are broadening this probability space all the time; it is now incomparably larger than it was before the industrial revolution—for good or for evil.
The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.
It was man’s ability to invent which has made human society what it is. The mental processes of inventions are still mysterious. They are rational but not logical, that is to say, not deductive.
Chris Hadfield, reassuring a five-year-old who was worried about the Voyager satellite, a space probe launched by NASA in 1977, the most distant man-made object from Earth still operating after 42 years.
Voyager is so happy, because it’s the bravest satellite of all. It has gone the furthest. And it’s not lonely, because it’s talking to us. It phones home. And it tells us all about the wonderful things that it’s seeing. …There’s a whole universe to explore, and it’s just leaving our Solar System right now. It’s very brave and very lucky to be doing what it’s doing, so it’s not going to get lost. It’s traveled further than anything we’ve ever built has traveled before. It’s actually showing us the way. …
It might have been safer for it to just stay home, and stay inside a building, but then it would have been sad forever, because it never would have done its purpose. It never would have discovered things. It’s all a wonderful story of great discovery and success, and it couldn’t have happened if Voyager hadn’t been brave…
It’s not really the fact that everything always has a start and an end, it’s what happens in the middle that counts. What do you while you’re alive? What do you do while you’re laughing? And I think we’re doing exactly what makes Voyager joyful and as happy as it could be.
Think about the fact that you’re a little bit like Voyager. In that you’re going to go see the world, and you’re going to call your mom on the phone and tell her about the wonderful things that you see. … You wouldn’t want to spend your whole life hiding under your bed and never seeing anything in your whole life, you want to be able to do what makes you happy and joyful and learn about things to discover. You might be the person that discovers something really important for everybody else on the world, but you can never discover that if you just hide and only do things that are safe. So think about yourself a little bit like Voyager. What makes you laugh? It’s not just staying, hiding underneath your bed safely at home
Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.
Planetary exploration satisfies our inclination for great enterprises and wanderings and quests that has been with us since our days as hunters and gatherers on the East African savannahs a million years ago. By chance—it is possible, I say, to imagine many skeins of historical causality in which this would not have transpired—in our age we are able to begin again.
Exploring other worlds employs precisely the same qualities of daring, planning, cooperative enterprise, and valor that mark the finest in military tradition. Never mind the night launch of an Apollo spacecraft bound for another world. That makes the conclusion foregone. Witness mere F-14s taking off from adjacent flight decks, gracefully canting left and right, afterburners flaming, and there’s something that sweeps you away—or at least it does me. And no amount of knowledge of the potential abuses of carrier task forces can affect the depth of that feeling. It simply speaks to another part of me. It doesn’t want recriminations or politics. It just wants to fly.