In his book Radical Evolution

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In his book  Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our  Bodies—and What It Means to Be Human,  Joel Garreau discusses the future of humanity.  Radical Evolution  is broken into sections, among of which are The Curve, The Heaven Scenario,  The Hell Scenario, and Transcendence. Garreau interviews two individuals, Ray Kurzweil,  supporting The Heaven Scenario, and Bill Joy, a supporter of The Hell Scenario. Through  discussions with Kurzweil and Joy, Garreau looks at the future of humanity, and what  Transhumanism could mean in the next stage of human evolution.             An integral part of both The Heaven Scenario and The Hell Scenario is Transhumanism.  Jay Hughes, the executive director of the World Transhumanist Association, avers that  Transhumanism comes directly from the traditional humanist perspective. The Transhumanist  movement started in the 1970s, and looks to improve upon human intellectual, mental and  physical capacities. Those involved in the Transhumanist movement also seek to eliminate  disease, suffering, disability, and to extend the human lifespan. Furthermore, Transhumanism is  tied into the idea of a “post-human,” or a being that can no longer be recognized as human  according to the current fundamental ideal. To those following the Transhumanist movement,  “‘Transhumanism’ is their description of those who are in the process of becoming posthuman— the metamorphosis they believe, not without good reason, some of us are entering right now.” 1             Moore’s Law is a component of Transhumanism. Moore’s Law, named after Gordon E.  Moore, states that “the power of information technology will double every 18 months, for as far  as the eye can see.” (49) To highlight this process, Garreau provides that the 27 th  such doubling  came in 2002, with a billion-transistor chip. Garreau says, “Twenty-seven consecutive doublings  of anything man-made, an increase of well over 100 million times—especially in so short a  period—is unprecedented in human history. [3] 1 Joel Garreau, Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies —and What It Means to Be Human , New York: Broadway Books, 2005
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            Moore’s Law correlates with the curve of accelerating returns, or The Curve. The Curve  is represented by an S-curve: a period of stability resides at the bottom of the S, growing to rapid  change in the middle, and then leveling out at the stop of the S.             Another element of Transhumanism is The Singularity, coined by Vernor Vinge in 1993. 
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