The same thoughts sprout after all catastrophes. If you just passed close enough from it or even if you just think you did, whether you've gone with the feeling of grandiosity or eternal gratitude, you'll remember this moment with vivid sharpness for the rest of your life. Your memory slowly interlacing this point in time into its core will be the new land over which your new opinions, beliefs, and judgments grow. After half of this decade many things have looped back and got modified in the process.
SourceForge had a marketplace and the Web is not safe anymore. Dawn reappeared 1 week ago after 2 years of radio silence. WoW is having its cataclysm and Flash is dead again. The geometry of computation is back to parallelism, speculation is back on tracks, and I'm writing in human language again. Am I? I feel rusty after all this time but let's get to the nuts and bolts of this topic.
For the past 2 years I've been involved in the BeyondBhopal project. An independent inquiry built around experts who are working out an issue for the still unresolved 1984 Bhopal catastrophe dispute. That's where I discovered Upendra Baxi and his prospective work on Human Rights. Professor Baxi is introducing a legal framework in a "near future" he calls the Post-Human World. A world where what he calls techno-science is formatting the new narrative we are using to define ourselves. Where artificial intelligence, biotechnologies, and nano-technologies, are reformatting humans while forgetting to improve our right to development.
This brought me to think about being human in a post-human world. About feeling human again, trying to see things through the prism of one own super biased and limited consciousness, in order to apprehend the gap that emerged after half a decade of Nexus consolidation. So I started to remember everything I've heard around me for the past years. Some people are concerned about having an underclass arising from technological cleavages, like analphabetism in the past centuries. Some recognize that what we now identify as smart people are individuals who have learned how to harness artificial intelligences or massive information systems. Some very optimistic people think that information technology is just culture in a scientific dress and that if we need referential, we just need to look at ourselves and how it can help us to improve ourselves.
You may recognize who is saying what here. But what do I think about all these post, neo and trans?
Where these words and their definition try to stand as objective description of reality, I feel like they transpire too much political biases to be trustable and thus they are not ready to kick start anything meaningful for us. And I do feel concerned because if we can't discuss about it simply and if we let these issues slowly blend into our institutions, our bureaucracy, we'll all end up in a really weak position.
Because words evolve rapidly, especially when you're not paying attention to them, I do recommend to watch Professor Baxy's interviews here: http://www.beyondbhopal.org/interviews/upendra-baxi/99-upendra-baxi/186-upendra-baxi-biography and make your own opinion about whether we still live in a world where Humanity has a meaning.