The Art of Transhumanism

Technology and art relate more to each other than you might think. Art mimics life. And it’s an understatement to say that technology is changing the way we live. The Transhumanist movement embraces technologies like cognitive science, cryonics, artificial intelligence and biotechnology—the same forces that are bringing about profound physical and societal change. And as technology advances, so do our visions of the future. But what truths do these visions represent? Humans are extending current biological limitations, and in the next few decades what it means to be human might change considerably. Check out these cool photos below to get a Transhumanist and artistic slant on what the future may hold.

Transhuman Images: Artificial Wombs

Synthetic Wombs by Unknown Artist

Artificial wombs? Not so far-fetched. We already have the ability to keep donor hearts pumping externally with nutrient-rich oxygenated blood before transplants are performed. That’s mind-blowing.

Transhuman Images: Cyborg Man

Cyborg Man by Benedict Campbell

Believe it or not, this guy has a lot in common with former cyborg Kevin Warwick, the professor at Reading University in England who wired his nervous system to control a robotic hand on the other side of the Atlantic. Warwick is already putting animal brain cells into robots as a control system.

Transhuman Images: Dying Race

“Dying Race” by Joachim Luetke

Transhuman Images: Dystopia

“Dystopia” by Joachim Luetke

Transhuman Images: Cyborg Baby

“Kov Seti” by Joachim Luetke

The only thing creepier than a baby robot named Diego-San is a cyborg fetus with no name. It’s an interesting concept that before long we might be incubating our unborn children in tanks, but we might want to think about what that means for population control and the Super Bowl first.

Transhuman Images: Hybrid Sculpture

“The Map Is Not the Territory” by Kate Clark

We can’t find a single reason to make a human-gazelle hybrid, but fusing animals and humans (however frightening the concept may be) could be good for something. Couldn’t it?

Transhuman Images: da Vinci

“da Vinci Transhuman” by Unknown Artist

Transhuman Images: Female Terminator

Advertisement from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It’s only a matter of time before we start digging up skeletons of robots past. With all of these robot dogs walking around and being taught new tricks, how long will it take for robots to adopt other more efficient animal designs?

Transhuman images: Cyborg seductress

“Frustration Attraction” by Heidi Taillefer

Transhuman images: Wolves

“The Wolves of Prejudice” by Heidi Taillefer

Transhuman images: Cyborg profile

“InterFace” by Conzpiracy

Transhuman images: Cyborg sculpture

“diag modeside” by Dominic Elvin

Transhuman images: Robot housekeeper

Robot Housekeeper by Unknown Artist

Transhuman images: Robot at Work

Robot at Work by Unknown Artist

With stunning achievement’s like Toyota’s robot violinist, it’s no wonder that someday soon we’ll have robot assistants helping us with formulas, figures and other tasks at work. This paradigm could be a catalyst for a new robot population, complete with legal rights and an education and housing system.

Transhuman images: Human After Death

Image courtesy

We all have some sort of anxiety surrounding death. But what if we could cheat it? Would we still be afraid of it? We now have a neural interface that allows our brain impulses to control wheelchairs, computer cursors and robotic body parts. This could be profound for those of us who want to live beyond death.

Bottom line: Transhumanism isn’t fantasy, but a far-looking aesthetic based on real technologies. Whether or not you’re a Transhumanist, future society and all of the potential it brings does seem exciting. Now all we need is a box that keeps our brain working long enough for a cyborg transplant. Sounds routine enough.

Christopher Delatorre
Christopher Delatorre
I'm a writer, editor, and strategist with 10+ years of experience creating conversations for socially conscious brands. With roots in science, my work draws on diversity, data, and co-design. I'm happiest when helping people collaborate better, or when translating complex ideas for diverse audiences. I've written for Singularity Hub and the U.S. State Department; my work has appeared in Digital Impact and Vogue; and I've worked with the United Nations, TechSoup and others to promote sustainable development and tech4good worldwide.
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