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Wiki's list of the world's most dangerous ideas tries to predict eight future dystopias. Wiki drew from a 2004 list compiled by the periodical Foreign Policy, co-founded by the late Samuel P. Huntington. The most dangerous ideas are:
- War on evil (Robert Wright)
- Business as usual at the U.N. (Samantha Power)
- Transhumanism (Francis Fukuyama)
- Free money (Alice Rivlin)
- Undermining free will (Paul Davies)
- Spreading democracy (Eric Hobsbawm)
- Religious intolerance (Martha Nussbaum)
- Hating America (Fareed Zakaria)
Fukuyama predicts that genetically altered transhumans would regard themselves as superiors to normal humans, in a Gattaca-type world where the latter's civil rights would be removed. Bailey, meanwhile, criticizes Fukuyama's fears as a barrier to improvement and progress. In fact, the end results of transhumanism might be much more ambiguous than either Fukuyama or Bailey expect.In his Foreign Policy article, Fukuyama identifies transhumanism as "a strange liberation movement" that wants "nothing less than to liberate the human race from its biological constraints." Sounds ominous, no? But wait a minute, isn't human history (and prehistory) all about liberating more and more people from their biological constraints? ...
Fukuyama would undoubtedly respond that ... [w]hat transhumanists seek is very different. They want to go beyond current innate human capacities. They want to change human bodies and brains. ... Can one be so transformed by technology as to be no longer human?
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Popular Mechanics ranked Gattaca the most prophetic transhumanist sci-fi movie. The film depicted a future where appearances of progress and superior labels were deceptive and created false realities, much as they do today. The dichotomy between superhuman perfection and human flaws has already been perpetuated by marketing experts for over 50 years.
The film's characters manipulated the super-transhuman versus normal human hierarchy, and cultivated a fake perfection in order to survive. The movie's crushing dictatorship of transhumanist progress also generated an underworld of secret ambiguities. Gattaca ironically argued that the search for perfection encourages the rise of imperfection, and it is the latter that owns the real progress of humanity. There is no liberation from biological constraints; flaws are built in, inevitable, and ultimately victorious.