September 27, 2023

Key points:

  • Transhumanism promotes human advancement via emerging technologies
  • But as technologies like AI expand, many tools are not universally accessible, which could exacerbate educational disparities
  • See related article: Why AI’s flaws won’t slow its adoption

We collectively stand in the beginning stages of academic and technological innovation. Universities and labs across the globe are stirring a revolution. Transhumanism, a philosophy advocating for human augmentation through emerging technologies like AI, genetic engineering, and nanotechnology, is shaping a new educational frontier. The genesis was Chat GPT, an AI developed by OpenAI that exhibits human-like text generation, but that was just the start of this profound transformation. Those who attempted an outright ban early in 2023 now seem out of step with the future.

Transhumanism aims to transcend human limitations, a concept no longer purely theoretical. In the realm of sports, for instance, we see strength-enhancing “powered clothing” by Seismic and performance-boosting drugs like EPO, repurposed by athletes from its original use for severe anemia.

Transhumanism is already materializing. As artificial limbs made of carbon fiber potentially outpace natural ones, we must ask: In education, is it ethical to embrace such technological enhancements?

AI’s transformational impact is burgeoning in every sector, making its integration into education not a question of if, but when. AI-equipped students could experience accelerated information acquisition and rapid design iteration, promising an enticing vision. Yet, this prospect invites a multitude of ethical questions. Could such advancements foster an AI-dependent generation? Might this deepen educational disparities between those who can and cannot afford these enhancements?

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