Italy Elects First Transhumanist Member Of Parliament

No Child Left Behind: the newest member of Italian Parliament is calling for humans to evolve into a higher form of life via technology. KurzweilAI writes:

In July, Italy — ironically, a stronghold of the Catholic Church — became the first major Western nation to elect an active transhumanist.

Giuseppe Vatinno ran on a platform of “politics that strive to improve the human condition, making use of appropriate advanced technologies.” And not a moment too soon, as Italy slides dangerously toward bankruptcy and urgently needs a new direction.

Transhumanism — the idea that we can radically change ourselves by merging with technology — already had a precedent in Italy: former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi invested in MolMed, which aims to raise average life expectancy to 120 years and beyond. And transhumanism was already present in the work of the Futurist movement of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, which had an important influence in Italian politics in the first half of the 20th century, and is explicitly transhumanist in its modern revival.

A graduate of the University La Sapienza in Rome in theoretical physics and specialized in particle physics, cognitive psychology, neural networks, and image processing, Vatinno teaches in the Masters program on energy and environmental issues at the Politecnico in Milan and the University La Sapienza in Rome.

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7 Responses to Italy Elects First Transhumanist Member Of Parliament

  1. Anarchy Pony September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    And those that don’t want to “evolve” into a “higher lifeform”? Well, sorry, but it’s genocide for you.

    • charlieprimero September 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

       Only “soft” genocide. 

      There will not be any overt pogram.  It will be a million little bureaucratic rules which will make it impossible to survive without getting an implant.

      • Anarchy Pony September 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

        Yeah, that’s essentially what I meant.

  2. BuzzCoastin September 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Transhumanism — the idea that we can radically change ourselves by merging with technology 

    the fact that this article takes Transhumanims
    to be a future event and not the state of things today
    indicates how slow witted humans are
    and why the transition to transhuman was so easy and unnoticed

    • Miracles September 4, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      hurrrrrr can i haz cheezburgers also immortality thx k bye

  3. Jason Quackenbush September 4, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Interesting. FT Marinetti’s futurism was “an important influence in Italian politics in the first half of the 20th century?” Follow through that logic and you’ll perhaps recall that Marinett’s futurist manifesto was written by a man in his 30s who said don’t trust anyone over 29, and his political influence was in the rise of Mussolini’s fascist party. Not exactly the sort of bona fide’s the transhumanists should be bragging about.

  4. Skadhi_the_Raverner September 7, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    There’s no question some transhumanist technologies might be useful (though others, like uploading and downloading minds between brains and computers, are impossible).

    But their idealism doesn’t suggest they wouldn’t use them responsibly if they come.

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