Posthuman Economics: New or No Economic Roles for Most Humans?


We are racing to the threshold of what futurist author, lecturer and NYU Abu Dhabi Professor Ted Chu - chief economist of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank and former chief economist at General Motors and the Abu Dhabi investment Authority - has called a "posthuman economy."

A posthuman economy will define an epoch with the potential to be dominated by astoundingly and unimaginably sophisticated robots, A.I. systems, man-machine cyborgs, "transhuman" and "suprahuman" technologies, including GMO creatures and other surprises - all of them "autoplastically"-evolved or "alloplastic" enhancements, competitors or replacements for "traditional" humans.

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Posthuman Economics: New or No Economic Roles for Most Humans?

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Alloplastic vs. Autoplastic Evolution

Robots and A.I. systems that we create as external tools represent what has been called "alloplastic adaptation": adaptation of ourselves and of our capabilities through changes we induce in environments and objects outside our bodies. Even a simple hammer and nail exemplify alloplastic adaptation, in virtue of expanding our construction capabilities, without having our having to wait a million years for our fists and finger nails to mutate into them, or to otherwise change ourselves.

By contrast, genetic human re-engineering, and by analogy, permanent high-tech human brain or other implants, performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, robotic prostheses and ingested blood-regulating nanomachines and nanoparticles represent "autoplastic adaptation": evolutionary, often irreversible change — and, if we're lucky or wise, also positive adaptive advances — of, within and in some cases those permanently on our bodies that facilitate and represent self-evolution and self-adaptation adaptation of, by and for the self).

About the author

Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan's national newspapers,The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy).
Posthuman Economics: New or No Economic Roles for Most Humans?