The futurologist in me wavers over a message from Zoltan Istvan this morning. Zoltan is one of the most prominent transhumanists in the US and beyond. He pushes the issue forward in terms of content and also knows how to generate the necessary publicity, right up to his own presidential candidacy. At the same time, he is simply a very nice guy who would not easily cause a stir in any pedestrian zone in the world.
On LinkedIn this morning, he makes the following statement:
Those who have supported the corona lockdown in recent weeks bear indirect responsibility for shrinking budgets in medical research outside the field of virology. Therefore: Those who have already reached a certain age today may simply be too late for the necessary breakthrough in the considerable extension of human life. This is the view of transhumanism.
Anyone who likes it may dismiss it as theatrical thunder. But Zoltan has at least one point here: Do we strike the right balance between maximum short-term action and the courage to think big, long-term and visionary? Nobody can want people to become seriously ill because we have not developed a vaccine against the current corona virus quickly enough. But do we want to prolong human life significantly later than we might otherwise have done? However immediate the interactions will be in the end, the call for courage and vision in times of action is necessary.