I don't see anything wrong with being part machine, tbh.
On a base level, I don't think many people would be against, say, improving prosthetic limbs to a level where an amputee is able to live a relatively normal lifestyle. Barring an apocalypse or a complete social/moral paradigm shift/collapse of society as we know it, we'll probably at least get that far. It won't be long until someone decides to go /past/ "average" and into "better". It's the same question we face when we consider gene manipulation - sure, it has the potential to not just cure life-changing medical conditions, but prevent them from ever occurring in the first place. On the flip-side, that same technology also would give certain people (as in, those with power/wealth/influence) to create "designer humans". Or with artificial intelligence - sure, right now it's just algorithms and pattern recognition, but if the hypothetical "true" AI is ever created, we've created an intelligence that doesn't grow old, could have its "memories" changed on the fly, and can exist in multiple instances simultaneously.
There aren't cut-and-dry answers to these sorts of questions, or at least, after all this time, nobody's thought of any good ones, far as I know. 1/2, body too long
As the saying goes, "You can't kill progress." Personally, I think it's somewhat inevitable - a hammer can pound nails to hold wood into place and build a shelter, but if you swing that same hammer at someone's head hard enough, it'll crack their skull. Medical researchers constantly have to toe the line between "doing a good thing" and "unleashing an ethical horror upon the world". You sushis know how to treat frostbite? The first thing you do is restore warmth, warm the tissue with warm (not hot) water. You know who figured that out? The Japanese Unit 731, during their occupation of Manchuria - now Northern China/Mongolia. According to testimony from an officer of Unit 731, they developed this treatment by freezing the limbs of civilian victims - dubbed "maruta", or "wooden logs", until their "frozen arms, when struck with a short stick, emitted a sound resembling that which a board gives when it is struck", and then applying various temperatures of water to see what worked best. We still use this treatment today, it's the first step in first aid. Even though I know this, if I had a child - or hell, even a complete stranger - suffering from frostbite, I wouldn't hesitate to use this exact treatment to help them. Nobody with their head on straight would approve of the methods used to conduct the research, but all the same, I doubt most of those same people would reject the knowledge and the benefits it can bring.
2/3, body too long
I'm not so concerned about the notion of people shoving USB ports in their arms - it's their body, what do I care? We're still a ways away from cyborg supersoldiers punching through concrete and tearing meatbags apart with their bare robo-hands. What's more important is that as technology develops, we have safeguards in place to prevent those real atrocities from happening, or at least minimize their impact. At the end of the day, if I want to off a fella, and I don't care about consequences, there's little stopping me from grabbing the nearest heavy object and smashing it into the person's squishy bits until they stop screaming. We can cause pain and suffering without any technology whatsoever. Technology is certainly dangerous, but a kitchen knife isn't a weapon until someone starts swinging it around.
If someone's afraid of the coming of transhumanism, it's the human bit they're scared of.
>>60>If someone's afraid of the coming of transhumanism, it's the human bit they're scared of.
Transhumanism was supposed to be about merging with technology to enhance your abilities and make yourself smarter and stronger; and not getting cosmetic implants in your eyes and embedding magnets in your fingers for no reason.
I dont like we should execute them