Transhumanism: Biopolitics and Policy - Introduction
More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Introduction to Part VII
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  1. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the emphasis of transhumanism2 was primarily on exploring technological possibilities and supporting the feasibility and desirability of technological transformation.
  2. As far more people have come to accept the plausibility of the core technologies that interest transhumanists3 - often referred to as NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno technologies) - the original emphasis has shifted. Currently, much more thought is devoted to exploring the potential downsides to the core technologies of today and tomorrow, and how best to avoid negative impacts through strategy and sometimes by regulating them.
  3. At the same time, a new but more sophisticated advocacy has developed to engage in discussions and debates with bioconservatives and other participants in biopolitical debates.
  4. Seven essays in Part VII delve into crucial aspects of biopolitical discussions.

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