The Ethical Cyborg: The Futures of Transhumanism and Inclusivity
This project addresses the possible futures of Transhumanism, and the effects on culture and society those futures could create. History has shown us that when social and political systems are not created for, and by, the people they serve, they often do not serve those people's best interests and turn into sexist, racist and classist systems. How might we ensure that the directions biomedical designers and engineers pursue to create future biomedical devices are informed by the wishes and concerns of the people who will be integrating these devices into their bodies? Similarly, how can policy makers work closely with people seeking to improve their lives through bionic integration, so that the system is designed to include people in need (who are otherwise already disadvantaged), and not simply to provide benefits only to a privileged few. This project aims to create a set of future implications which will help guide and decolonize the future of healthcare policy, biomedical design, and the Transhumanist movement as a whole.