Should Humans Become Machines?

In a fascinating article on, the Transhumanist Party’s Founder and 2016 Presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan writes about “Why I advocate for becoming a machine.”

His powerful closing quote mirrors the teachings of Buddhism: of impermanence, the illusory nature of the ego, and the ego’s role in human suffering.

“No matter what happens, to move forward in the transhumanist age, we need to let go of our egos and our shallow sense of identity; in short, we need to get over ourselves. The permanence of our species lies in our ability to reason, think, and remember who we are and where we’ve been. The rest is just an impermanent shell that changes—and it has already been changing for tens of millions of years in the form of sentient evolution.”

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