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What Will it Mean to be Human in the Future?

Just as interesting as thinking about how society will adapt to climate change or to new modes of communication, is how society will react to and evolve with our future abilities to enhance human capabilities.

vitruvian-man.jpg Three forward-thinking authors: Dr. James Hughes (Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future ), Ramez Naam (More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biologiccal Enhancement,), and journalist Joel Garreau (Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- And What It Means To Be Human), sat down with Jamais Cascio in early 2005 for a collective interview to discuss ideas about what human augmentation of the future might entail:

The question of how society changes when we can enhance aspects of human capabilities is something we touch on regularly at WorldChanging. It's at least as important a question as how society adapts to climate change or embraces new tools for networking and communication; some of us would argue it may be even more important. As a topic of discussion, it has often been relegated to fringe culture and science fictional musing, but a series of books over the last year have brought the idea ever closer to the mainstream -- and the most recent may be set to make the question of how humankind evolves a front page issue.

Read the full interview here:
Human Changing Part I
Human Changing Part II

This piece is a part of our month long retrospective leading up to our anniversary on Oct. 1. For the next four weeks, we'll celebrate five years of solutions-based, forward-thinking and innovative journalism by publishing the best of the Worldchanging archives.

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Thanks for reposting this fantastic piece from Jamais Cascio. I'd like to invite your readers to consider hearing Jamais speak at our workshop during the Singularity Summit, October 24-25 in San Jose. The Summit is bringing together 20+ visionaries from science, technology, and ethics to discuss the future of humanity. More information can be found at

Posted by: Jonas Lamis on 4 Sep 08

When I go to click the links to read the full interview, I get this error message:

404 Not Found

Is this happening to anyone else?



Posted by: Brooke on 4 Sep 08

Yes I get the same, love to read it.........

Posted by: Per on 5 Sep 08

Try this link instead for Part I:

And this link for Part II:

Posted by: Lindsay on 5 Sep 08



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