This volume engages with post-humanist and transhumanist approaches to present an original exploration of the question of how humankind will fare in the face of artificial intelligence. With emerging technologies now widely assumed to be calling into question assumptions about human beings and their place within the world, and computational innovations of machine learning leading some to claim we are coming ever closer to the long-sought artificial general intelligence, it defends humanity with the argument that technological ‘advances’ introduced artificially into some humans do not annul their fundamental human qualities. Against the challenge presented by the possibility that advanced artificial intelligence will be fully capable of original thinking, creative self-development and moral judgement and therefore have claims to legal rights, the authors advance a form of ‘essentialism’ that justifies providing a ‘decent minimum life’ for all persons. As such, while the future of the human is in question, the authors show how dispensing with either the category itself or the underlying reality is a less plausible solution than is often assumed.

chapter |22 pages


Conceptualizing post-human futures

chapter 1|25 pages

Being human (or what?) in the digital matrix land

The construction of the humanted

chapter 2|21 pages

Being human as an option

How to rescue personal ontology from transhumanism, and (above all) why bother

chapter 3|23 pages

Perplexity logs

On routinized certainty work and social consequences of seeking advice from an artificial intelligence

chapter 4|25 pages

Artificial intelligence and the challenge of social care in aging societies

Who or what will care for us in the future?

chapter 7|19 pages

Humanity's end

Where will we be in a million years?