In the interview to Merion West, famous artist, musician and transhumanist Rachel Haywire shared her views on how art blends in with transhumanism and anarchism, creating a future, free of power hunger.
In her work, she manifests that transhumanism is more about art, or creativity, then technology itself, that of course will provide new tools and opportunities, and she sees her role in turning transhumanism into ”cultural movement”, by changing our approach to technology:
“We need to focus on visions, rather than a cut-and-dry this-is-that, which is what we have in technology now. So, my vision for transhumanism is to expand the entire tech industry into something more visionary and creative”
With transhumanism getting closer to mainsteam, it “is becoming a catch-all word to get people involved in government and to vote a certain way”, shared Rachel, referring to the Zoltan Istvan running for president, or people like Andrew Yang advocating for transhumanist polices.
In her opinion, politics itself needs to become more like a form of art, being more and more creative, and is absolutely necessary as any form as expression, but in future Rachel sees government optional, like store, and completely decentralised:
“Almost like simulations, you choose what government you want to explore. So, I want to see government expand in a technological way. I want to get away from this centralization that we have”
Rachel Haywire envisions, that such freedom, together with technological advances and new mindset can be a vaccine against power seeking in new types of communities, like seasteading, or newly forming new communities:
“Human nature is to seek power; we’ve had that since the Stone Age. That’s just part of human behavior. But, as transhumanists, we seek to go beyond that kind of thing. So, are we going to be proper animals forever? Not if we go beyond humanity. Maybe—after the next step in evolution—we can live in societies where we’re not power-hungry monkeys”
Rachel has also commented on technological regulations, pointing out that regulations in most cases “hurt technological evolution”. Given that “people should be able to do what they want with their own bodies”, she opposes regulations for genetic enhancement and biohacking, but other industries, like cryonics, in her opinion, needs to be regulated. As for the battle with total surveillance, she pointed out that people need to oppose it, by creating technologic solutions, fit to the purpose.
As Future Time previously reported, art and transhumanism also met in the project “I Want To Believe – an exploration of transhumanism” that has been documenting cyborgs and biohackers all over the world for a period over 5 years and is heading to its culmination.
Image Credit: Merion West