Episode #2: James Hughes on the Transhumanist Political Project


This is the second episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism project. In this episode I interview Dr. James Hughes, executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and current Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning for the University of Massachusetts Boston. James is leading figure in both transhumanist thought and political activism. He is the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. I spoke to James about the origins of the transhumanist project, the political values currently motivating transhumanist activists, as well as some more esoteric and philosophical ideas associated with transhumanism.

You can download the podcast here. You can listen below. You can also subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes.


Show Notes

0:00 – 1:00 – Introduction to James

1:00 – 11:00 – The History of Transhumanist Thought (Religious and Mythical Origins)

11:00 – 17:00 – Transhumanism and the Enlightenment Project

17:00 – 25:30 – Transhumanism and Disability Rights Movement

25:30 – 34:30 – The Political Values for Hiveminds and Cyborgs

34:30 – 41:00 – The Dark Side of Transhumanist Politics

41:00 – 43:00 – Technological Unemployment and Technoprogressivism

43:00 – 51:00 – Building Better Citizens through Human Enhancement

51:00 – 1:01:55 – The Threat of Algocracy?

1:01:55 – 1:07:55 – Internal and External Moral Enhancement







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