Re: Swedish Transhumanists
After reading some statements by mostly kanzure and splicer, in my theoretical somewhat universitydamaged point of view Transhumanism seems like the bigger frame where Biopunk is an important discipline along with instance nano- and cybertech.
I think there is a difference in focus between transhumanists and biopunks. The transhumanists are traditionally heavily invested in the singularity, cyborgs, nanobots, cryonics and so on. Things that were hightech in the early nineties. If computers are your hightech then your future will look like today only with more computers.
However when putting science on one side and political goals on the other some members of the Biopunk culture seem to don't agree with the politics in Transhumanism and I guess there might be Transhumanists that may have the attitude whet biological research should be done in proper labs (unconfirmed at the moment in my research)?
No one wants unsafe biohacking. I'm not sure there is an official unified transhumanist policy. Kanzure got grief from a group calling themselves 'The lifeboat foundation' when he published his open biohacking kit(one of his many works in progress). He actually tried to talk with them prior to publishing but the idea of a teenage biohacker wasn't on their radar. They looked at his age, laughed, he published, they got upset. I don't think biology is their thing, not something they could be expected to know anything about. They are probably more a grey goo or evil superbrain crowd.
What are the core issues where some Biopunk and Transhumanists disagree?
My impression is that there aren't that many transhumanists left and many of the older ones still in business spend a lot of energy on turfwars or waiting for the future to happen while making predictions. The biopunks are almost too few to mention still. I think the transhumanists and biopunks are interested in different things.
And do you have some suggested reading that isn't a thousands pages that explains more details around the subject?
Sorry, whish I had something