Project Document v0.1
I’ve decided to look at Evolution as a theme. Areas within my research include; structures in evolution, ‘evolution’ in narrative, and Transhumanism. Focusing my project around Transhumanism in need to consider what Transhumanism is so that I can understand it and develop from it.
Transhumanism is a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.
What makes us Human? How much can we adapt, alter and improve ourselves with technology without loosing our humanity. What limitations do we value enough to keep. What about if people decide to push these limitations or use the philosophy behind Transhumanism unethically.
I also want to question and argue the controversy of Transhumanism and using technology to evolve artificially. Are we becoming more than Human, a new species born of technology instead of genetic mutation. Will this result in discrimination?
I also considered the forms of Transhumanism which already exist today. Almost everyone has smart phones. The devices we carry around have access to near limitless information as well as app and features to track and assist with aspects of our lives. Cameras, maps, fitness, etc. Virtual Reality technology could also be seen as the first step towards a new state of being. People are using it to experience more variety in a virtual reality world while also using up less resources. Medical and scientific technology has now advanced in such way that prosthetic limbs with robotic capabilities are becoming more common.
More specifically Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely colour blind, but now uses a device attached to his head turns colour into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear colours in his environment.
Additionally Moon Ribas is a Spanish avant-garde artist and cyborg activist who is known for developing and implanting an online seismic sensor in her elbow that allows her to feel earthquakes through vibrations. Her choreography works are based on the exploration of new movements developed by the addition of new senses or sensory extensions to the dancer. Both Haribsson and Ribas are part of the Cyborg Foundation, which led me to look into the group.
The Cyborg Foundation is an institution for the research, creation and promotion of projects related to extending and creating new senses and perceptions by applying technology to the human body. It seems to deviate from the philosophy of Transhumanism slightly in favour of specially enhancing human senses and perception.
I want to create a game the approaches the beliefs of Transhumanism and may directly or indirectly inform the player of the ideology of Transhumanism
I also want to argue the positive and negatives involved with transhumanism, questioning humanity and what the final form of transhumanism might be?