Why Be Human?

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

April 23, 2007

Charles T. Rubin, Duquesne University

Professor Rubin contends that biotechnology, artificial intelligence and robotics, neuroscience and nanotechnology are said to be converging on the promise of a redesigned humanity, and ultimately on human extinction. He asks if this is a future to look forward to. Examining the visions of the good which guide advocates of the "posthuman" suggests they are predicated on a "thin" conception of what it means to be human in the first place. Therefore, he suggests it is not clear that the future they hope for is possible or desirable.


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